LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Some 454 employees of the Pangasinan provincial government have been vaccinated against the dreaded coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
PHO chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman said the three-day inoculation for these employees ended on Wednesday.
De Guzman said employees under the A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (with comorbidities) priority groups of the government’s vaccination program were first immunized.
“We were able to achieve the 100-percent target. In fact, there were some who expressed the desire to get vaccinated but we have a limited supply of vaccines for our first wave of inoculation among the Capitol employees,” she said in an interview.
De Guzman said they are now coordinating with the Department of Health Center for Health Development Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) for additional vaccine allocation to cover the total 3,500 employees of the provincial government.
“For the second wave, we are requesting the (DOH-CHD -1) to provide at least 700 Covid-19 vaccines because a lot of our employees are interested in getting vaccinated,” she said, adding that even retirees are seeking the assistance of the provincial government for their vaccination.
The PHO is now gearing up for the A4 priority group who is next in line in the vaccination program.
On the vaccination of individuals under the A1 priority group, de Guzman said they inoculated 95 percent of the frontline health workers of the provincial government-run hospitals.
“There are challenges, such as employees are hesitant to receive the vaccine but we are still trying to reach out to them to convince them that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective because, at the end of the day, the objective is to achieve the mass vaccination to ensure population protection and for us to be able to go back to normal,” she added.
Meanwhile, of the nearly two million eligible population in Pangasinan, 81,685 are now vaccinated with Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines. (PNA)