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Makati administers alloted vaccines doses to health workers 

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said all the doses of SinoVac vaccine allotted by the national government to the city were administered to health workers at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) during Friday’s vaccination roll out.

OsMak Hospital Director Dr. Vergel P. Binay became the first Makati health frontliner to receive the vaccine on Friday morning. He was immunized by Dr. Flerida G. Hernandez, the hospital’s Quality Assurance Director, and a Pediatric Hematologist.

Dr. Binay was followed by Dr. Max Angelo Terrenal from the Dept. of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Michelle Cuvin, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and other doctors, nurses and hospital personnel.

“This is a historical moment for Makati’s medical frontliners. For one year they bore the brunt of caring for our Makatizens who have contracted the coronavirus — at the expense of their own health and safety. Today, they are receiving protection in the form of a vaccine that will allow them to save countless lives in the months to come,” Mayor Abby said.

Mayor Abby declined the opportunity to be immunized, stressing that the vaccines should be given to those with high exposure to the coronavirus and are treating patients who have been infected.

"Ang importante sa akin ay mabakunahan ang mga prayoridad na mabakunahan. Kung may matitirang bakuna pagkatapos ng ating frontliners ay 'yun nalang ang sa akin. Kung wala, I will wait for my turn," the mayor said.

The national government allotted 300 doses for Makati. To date, some 392 OsMak personnel have registered to be vaccinated.

Sec. Vivencio Dizon, Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against COVID-19; Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales, Assistant Regional Director of the Metro Manila Center for Health Development of the DOH; and Ma. Luisa Orezca, Executive Director IV of the Philippine National AIDS Council were also present during the ceremonial vaccination program at OsMak.

Besides the SinoVac shots from the DOH, Makati City has ordered one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. Mayor Abby had previously explained that this number will cover not just Makati residents and local government employees, but also non-residents who work in the city.

The mayor said the city’s P1-billion budget for the purchase of the vaccines and its share of vaccines procured by the national government will be enough to cover all Makati-based businesses, from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to large companies.

The city government has also procured 42 biomedical refrigerators and laboratory freezers to ensure proper and safe storage of COVID-19 vaccines once they arrive. The vaccine refrigerators and freezers are housed in a vaccine depot at the City Hall quadrangle.

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