UCMed starts vaccination program

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THE University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed) in Mandaue City rolled out its vaccination program on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, with UCMed President Candice Gotianuy taking the first jab of the Sinovac vaccine.

Gotianuy said that at this point, any vaccine against coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) will do.

"We really have to get the economy and Cebu back on track. Most of these vaccines have been peer-reviewed or doctor-approved, even Department of Health-approved," she said.

Gotianuy that with Sinovac as the earliest vaccine to arrive, she spoke with other doctors to learn more about Sinovac.

"I said let's do it because we can't afford to be choosy at this point. I wanted to show them (medical frontliners) because there has been so much controversy about Sinovac. So I took the first shot in our vaccination program against Covid-19 at UCMed. I hope that will boost a little bit of their confidence," she said.

Gotianuy also said that they have bought doses of four vaccines: Novovax, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Sinovac.

UC is among the companies, through the consortium spearheaded by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, to secure the second batch of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines. (JOB)