At least 200 Sinovac vaccine vials were allocated for the vaccination of the 18 barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) in San Carlos City starting today, April 15.
The BHERTs are composed of officials, barangay health workers (BHW) and tanods.
Dr. Jessa Tiapon, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Vaccine Deputy Vice Chair said they will also include on the list of vaccinees those who were missed out during the previous vaccination like the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) personnel, social workers and other frontliners.
Tiapon added that it is important that these frontliners should be vaccinated since they are highly exposed to the risks of the COVID-19 due to the nature of their work.
“We have already rolled out three batches of vaccines, reached more than 50% of our frontliners and a month has passed since the first inoculation yet only mild symptoms were reported. I hope this is enough to prove to the people, our healthcare workers who are still hesitant to get the shots, that the vaccine is safe”, Tiapon said.
She assured that there will be a year of post-vaccine monitoring among the inoculated individuals and any side effects detected will be forwarded to the concerned agencies for further investigation.
Brgy. Codcod Kagawad Ma. Bella Lizada said she volunteered to get the vaccine for her protection since part of her job is going places.
More than 10 individuals received their first shots during the first day of the 3rd rollout of vaccines.