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4K private workers in GenSan, Koronadal to get Covid-19 jabs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Around 4,000 economic front-liners here and nearby Koronadal City will be inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) starting Wednesday through the initiative of the business sector.

Cyril Ang, president of the South Cotabato Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. (SCFCCCI), said on Tuesday the recipients are workers of their over 200 member companies and establishments that have signified to get the vaccines.

A total of 7,998 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine intended for the first and second shots of some 3,999 workers arrived Monday, he said.

The vaccines, purchased by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., as part of its corporate social responsibility, arrived via a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila and were transferred to the centralized cold chain hub at the city gymnasium.

Ang said the vaccination would be conducted by a team from St. Elizabeth Hospital, which will utilize the Safify vaccination platform to ensure its smooth rollout.

Safify is a mobile social distancing platform using digital identification, a digital logbook, and digital health.

“We’re giving it to our employees and the people for free,” Ang said in an interview with reporters.

SCFCCCI initially target some 1,200 workers for the vaccination program but was expanded to accommodate more workers.

Ang said some 4,000 doses of the vaccines were intended for employees of the KCC mall here and in Koronadal City, which were designated as vaccination centers.

“The more people we can convince to get vaccinated, the sooner we can overcome the challenges of this pandemic including the economic crisis,” he said.

The recipients will be the first batch of eligible individuals under priority group A4 or essential public and private workers that will be inoculated against Covid-19 in Region 12 (Soccsksargen).

The ongoing vaccination facilitated by the Department of Health and the rural health units still covers the A1 or frontline health care workers, A2 or senior citizens, and A3 or persons with comorbidities. (PNA)

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