Malaybalay City starts vaccinating senior citizens vs. COVID-19
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/04 May 2021) Manong Loy, 69, and his wife received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning at the Malaybalay City Covered Court as the city rolled out vaccination of an initial batch of senior citizens.
Just a day before, barangay health workers informed them about the schedule, along with other senior citizens in Brgy. Casisang, the biggest of the city’s 46 barangays.
Dr. Vincent Raguro of the Department of Health office in the Province of Bukidnon, said the first half day of vaccination was “successful and smooth” at the Malaybalay City COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Brgy. 4.
He said the city is a recipient of 1,000 SinoVac (Corready) vials, part of the initial supply to the DOH Center for Health Development - Northern Mindanao.
Raguro said the initial schedule this week covered senior citizens in the 60-70 years old bracket. He said vaccinations will continue until May 7, 2021.
“We hope that we will increase more COVID-19 vaccines depending on the speed and quality vaccination of all our senior citizens,” he said in his FB post on May 3.
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 10 approved the senior citizens rollout because the city has achieved 95 percent inoculation of medical frontliners tagged as the first priority (A1), according to a post at the City Government of Malaybalay’s official FB post.
The post showed Mayor Florencio T. Flores Jr among the first to receive the jab on the first day. A total of 1,000 doses were scheduled to be used in the first week of May 2021. The vaccination were administered by the Malaybalay Covid-19 Vaccination Center team.
At least 200 recipients from barangay Casisang were expected to be vaccinated during the first day of the roll-out. Based on the earlier report of the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Plan, there are about 13,000 senior citizens in the city. The senior citizens are considered A2 in the priority group, after the medical frontliners.
Dr. Dennis P. Sangalang, City Health Officer, explained that the senior citizens are the most vulnerable to the virus that is why they need to be prioritized, as quoted in the post.
He assured that the vaccine is safe and effective and encouraged everyone to support the government’s effort “as we strive to reduce mortality and achieve herd immunity of this deadly virus”.
A senior citizen who received the vaccine on May 3 said aside from some discomfort, he did not experience any untoward incidents within hours after vaccination.
He added that they were told before vaccination that those inoculated might still get infected but it will not be severe. (BukidnonNews.Net)
IN PHOTO: A scene during the first day of vaccination at the Malaybalay City Covered Court/Courtesy of City Government of Malaybalay.