Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez has assured his constituents that he is prepared to secure a P1-billion loan for the purchase of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are enough to cover the 2.2-million residents of the province.
This was after Department of Health (DOH) 4-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Director Eduardo Janairo led the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the province that was held at the Quezon Medical Center (QMC) in Lucena City.
Dr. Allen Logatoc, chief of QMC’s Infectious Diseases Department, was the first recipient of the vaccine allocated for the province.
Suarez, who witnessed the inoculation, noted the quick procedure and encouraged all medical health workers in the province to avail of the vaccine.
“A total of 1,790 Sinovac vaccines arrived in Lucena from Manila.”
“A total of 1,790 Sinovac vaccines arrived in Lucena from Manila,” he said.
Suarez expressed hope that Quezon would also be given AstraZeneca vaccines by the national government.
“We project public vaccination to start either in May or June.”
Meanwhile, Janairo said they project public vaccination to start either in May or June.
The ceremonial vaccination was also attended by Vice Governor Sam Nantes, provincial councilors Alona Obispo and Yna Liwanag, QMC’s chief of hospital Dr. Rolando Padre, provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases vice chair Dr. Grace Santiago, and QMC administrator Ruel Napeñas, who was also among the first medical frontliners to be inoculated.