CAMIGUIN (PIA)—To protect the frontliners in the province, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 facilitated the vaccination of 380 healthcare workers in seven healthcare facilities here.
As of March 26, the healthcare workers who were vaccinated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine include 29 workers from Catarman District Hospital, Camiguin General Hospital (267), Rural Health Unit (RHU) Catarman (13), RHU Guinsiliban (7), RHU Mahinog (8), RHU Mamabajao (45), and RHU Sagay (11).
There are only 15 healthcare workers who deferred from being inoculated.
From the said number of inoculated healthcare workers, 21 are doctors, nurses (83), dentists (2), pharmacists (4), medtechs (13), radio technologists (4), midwives (27), nutritionist dietitians (3), physical therapist (1), and non-health hospital workers or personnel of Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) (222).
During the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Provincial Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Provincial Task Force for COVID-19, March 26, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Gretchen Cabalang said among the common adverse effects that they have recorded include body malaise, fever, chills, site pain, and abdominal pain.
DOH stated that side effects are possible to occur. These can be mild and localized but there is also a slim possibility that a person will react to the vaccine seriously. For observed side effects, the investigators must determine if side effects are causally-related to the vaccines.
For the priority A1 for vaccination, Cabalang said there are 1,854 priority workers in the province that include RHU workers (158), barangay health workers (543), Barangay Health Emergency Response Team members (946), contact tracers (9), social workers (63), Provincial Health Office personnel (10), and workers of isolation units (125).
The provincial government is currently in the process of procuring 50,000 doses of vaccine covering the province’s 25,000 population.
As of April 4, the province has recorded zero COVID-19 confirmed cases. There are 172 persons with a history of travel or COVID-19 exposure of which 81 are from Mambajao, 32 from Mahinog, 3 from Guinsiliban, 13 from Sagay, and 43 from Catarman. (RTP/PIA10)