4,557 frontliners to get 2nd dose of Sinovac jabs

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DAVAO CITY – A total of 4,557 private healthcare workers here are set to receive their second dose of Sinovac vaccines, an official said Thursday.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, head of the City’s Vaccination Cluster said the frontliners are those who got vaccinated for first dose in March.   

“These are the frontliners who were vaccinated on March 8 onwards at the Mabini Elementary School last month,” she said.

The second dose of inoculation for private hospitals will run for seven days from Wednesday (April 7) to April 13.

Medical health workers from Davao Doctor’s Hospital (DDH), San Pedro Hospital (SPH), Brokenshire Hospital, Metro Davao Medical and Research Center (MDMRC), Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF), Limso Hospital, Davao Adventist Hospital, Holy Spirit Community Hospital, Davao One World Diagnostic Center, the City Health Office (CHO) and infirmaries and private clinics are covered on the second dose rollout.

“The interval of the first and second dose for Sinovac vaccine is four weeks or 28 days apart, while those who have been administered with Astrazeneca will have their second dose up to 12 weeks after their first dose,” she said.

Villafuerte, however, stressed that the vaccines do not make someone fully immune from coronavirus infection. 

“The vaccine does not make them immune to Covid infection, but they develop antibodies to fight severe cases of Covid-19,” she said

Villafuerte reminded Dabawenyos despite getting the jabs, they still need to follow the minimum health protocols against Covid-19 like wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing with soap and water.