Davao City is set to start its vaccination against coronavirus disease on Friday, March 5, following the arrival of about 12,000 vials of China’s Sinovac vaccine from Manila on Tuesday, March 2.
The medical frontliners will get the first anti-Covid jabs at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), which is also the primary Covid-19 hospital facility in the city, said SPMC chief Dr. Ricardo Audan.
He said 150 to 200 doctors, nurses, and aides are to be inoculated on the day of the vaccination rollout. They are among the 5,900 SPMC personnel targeted for vaccination for two weeks and administer the second dose to the same recipients after 28 days.
Audan has volunteered to be vaccinated first to serve as a role model and show to the public that the vaccine is safe.
“I think the best way to convince them [people], to promote this vaccine is you should be vaccinated. As the leader of SPMC, I think it’s right that I will be the one to be vaccinated first,” the SPMC chief said.
Dr. Ashley Lopez, Focal Person of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said that the frontliners of tertiary private hospitals will be next in line for the allocation of the first batch of Sinovac doses.
“The private hospitals are next. After we cover the private hospitals and if there are remaining vaccines then we give it to our TTMFs (Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities),” he said.
Based on the February 8 master list of the Davao City Health Office, some 16,677 medical frontline workers are eligible to be vaccinated.