Tagum City – Tagum City is the first city in Davao del Norte to roll out its first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to frontliners who have the highest risk of getting infected by the virus.
On March 11, the City Government of Tagum through the City Health Office together with the Department of Health Region XI headed by Dr. Annabel Yumang and the medical officers from the Provincial Health Office launched the ceremonial first day of vaccination around the city.
1,100 units of SinoVac (Coronavac) vaccines arrived for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to be administered to frontliners for the simultaneous week-long duration of the activity at the three identified sites in the city – Infectious Diseases Isolation Facility owned by the local government unit in barangay Canocotan, Bishop Joseph Regan Memorial Hospital, and Medical Mission Group of Hospital and Health Services Cooperative of Tagum.
It can be recalled that Mayor Allan L. Rellon mentioned in his 7th State of the City’s Address that vaccination is part of his priorities for this year, so he shared his gratefulness that the said vaccine is finally here in the city.
Dr. Mae Dalisay from Tagum Doctor’s Hospital Incorporated got the first shot of the vaccine and stated her contentment with how the LGU handled the whole process of the vaccination.
Dr. Arnel Florendo, the City Health Officer reminded the public as well to listen to verified facts only about the vaccine from reputable sources and ensured that the vaccines are all free and safe.
He added that although there are side effects, these are just normal and similar to other side effects of common vaccines. Furthermore, SinoVac can only be inoculated to people aged 18-59 years old so certain health guidelines are needed to be observed. The immunization for COVID-19 vaccine for the second dose will commence once the next batch arrives. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum