Daily COVID-19 tally hits 1,790 total cases reaches 537,000

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021   •   146

MANILA, Philippines — The daily coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tally hit 1,790 with total cases reaching over 537,000 as of February 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Based on the Department of Health (DOH) bulletin, recoveries reached 11,388 while 70 deaths were recorded. The total number of cases recorded is 537,310 with 499,798 recoveries and 11,179 deaths.

The bulletin also showed that 55 cases that were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

Meanwhile, a health professional group has urged the private sector to follow the priority list provided by the government for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) convener Dr. Antonio Dans said the priority list should be observed to lessen the number of cases recorded in the country.

Dans clarified that all Filipinos should be vaccinated but the most vulnerable to the virus and the health workers should be vaccinated first.

“Hindi naman sinasabi na healthcare workers lang at senior citizens at may sakit lang ang bibigyan. Ang sinsabi lang natin sino ang dapat mauna? (We are not saying only healthcare workers and senior citizens should be inoculated. What we are saying is that who should receive the vaccination first?)” he said.

DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire assures that the officials in the department agreed to follow the priority list.

“Halimbawa senior citizen ka o comorbid ka, magkakaron ka at kasali ka.
Pero kung hindi, pupunta tayo kung saan ka dapat naka-linya. Kami sa DOH, kung di kami kasama sa priorities, di kami makikipag-unahan. Aantayin namin turn namin (For example you’re a senior citizen or you’re comorbid, you will be included in the list. But if not, we put you in the category where you should be assigned. We in the DOH, if we are not included in the priority category, we are willing to wait for our turn),” she said. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Marikina Mayor expresses concern over low turnout of health workers on Day-2 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 2, 2021

Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro has expressed concern over the low turnout of healthcare workers (HCW) during the second day of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

From the 1,500 frontline workers from the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC) who were pre-qualified to receive the vaccine, only 130 actually got vaccinated on Tuesday (March 2) at the Marikina Sports Center.

Teodoro said several health workers changed their minds to wait for the next batch of vaccines that will arrive in the country.

He also said he was willing to get vaccinated first to boost the confidence of health workers in Marikina; however, he was declined.

Testing Czar Vince Dizon said mayors are not yet permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since it will be allotted for frontline health workers.

Mababa ngayon ang reception, mababa ang tiwala. Iyong marami kapag tinatanong mo, ang sa sinasabi nila, gusto nilang magpabakuna pero gusto nilang makatiyak sa kaligtasan nito (There is low reception, low confidence. Most of them say they would want to get vaccinated if its safety is assured),” Teodoro said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout records more than 700 vaccinees

Maris Federez   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of recipients on Day-1 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Metro Manila has exceeded the expectation of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 (IATF).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is a solid proof of the success of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

Based on the tally reported to Malacañang, the first day of the vaccine rollout yielded 756 vaccinees from six hospitals in Metro Manila:

  • UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), 128
  • Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center & Sanitarium, 85
  • Lung Center of the Philippines, 20
  • Veterans Memorial Medical Center, 353
  • Victoriano Luna Medical Center, 60
  • PNP General Hospital, 110

Prior to Day-1, only less than one hundred frontline workers in PGH volunteered to be vaccinated.

“Naging napakatagumpay po ng Day-1 ng ating national vaccination program. Kung sana po lahat po ay nagdiwang. May iba pa pong naiyak sa tuwa nung nakita nilang nagpapabakuna si Dr. Gap Legaspi,” Roque said. —/mbmf (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Karagdagang 5,000 doses ng Sinovac, ipadadala ng DILG sa Pasay City

Freema Gloria   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sinimulan na rin ngayong araw (March 2) ang pagbabakuna sa mga healthworker sa Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) gamit ang inisyal na 300 doses ng Sinovac vaccine na ipinadala ng national government.

Unang nagpabakuna sa nasabing ospital si DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya. Aniya, ito ay upang makahiyakat sa publiko na magpabakuna rin.

“Papaano mahihikayat yung ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna kung mismong yung gaya namin na humihikayat sa kanila ay hindi nagpapabakuna. Kaya namin ginagawa ito” sabi ni Malaya.

Sinabi rin ni Usec. Malaya, nangako ang Department of Interior and Local Government na magpapadala ito ng karagdagang 5,000 doses ng bakuna sa PCGH.

Dagdag pa ni Malaya, batid ng pamahalaan ang hamon sa lungsod ng Pasay kung paano nito nilulutas ang pagkalat pa ng COVID-19 sa lungsod. Kaya nais ng pamahalaan na mabakunahan ang lahat ng frontliners sa Pasay City.

Ayon naman kay Dr. John Victor de Gracia, ang deputy chief ng clinical service ng PCGH, nasa mahigit 400 ang kanilang empleyado, ngunit nasa 100 lamang ang boluntaryong nagpabakuna ng Sinovac. Karamihan umano sa kanila ang mas piniling magpabakuna sa vaccine na gawa ng Pfizer.

Gayunpaman, malaking tulong na rin sa kanila ang bakunang ipinagkaloob sa kanila ng pamahalaan.

“This is really a big help for us because this is another line of protection for us” sabi ni De Gracia.

Sa ngayon, nasa 77 na barangay na ang isinailalim sa localized enhanced community quarantine .

Tatlo rin sa mga nagpositibo sa COVID-19 variant na unang natuklasan sa South Africa ay mga residente ng naturang lungsod.

Ngunit ayon kay Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto, gumagaling na ang mga nagpositibo sa COVID-19 variant at bumababa na rin ang positivity rate o ang bilang ng mga nagpositibo sa lungsod.

“Doon sa barangays na may South African variant ay aming uulitin ang pagti-test upang makasigurado tayo doon sa naging positive at doon sa mga na-contat trace natin” sabi ni Mayor Calixto.

Nagdagdag na rin ang DILG ng mga contact tracer upang mas mabilis ang pagtunton sa mga nakasalamuha ng mga nagpositibo sa sakit. — Rey Pelayo

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