"However," Bustria said, “we have employees na who have availed the vaccination from their municipalities and barangays so this target 700 individuals will be lessened pa when we finally do our inoculation activity dito sa Capitol."
"What we are waiting for talaga is the go signal from the national and regional DOH offices para tuloy-tuloy na itong ating inoculation sa ating mga employees," she added.
On July 6, the Sarangani Covid-19 (SARCOV-19) Task Force conducted an orientation on Covid-19 vaccination among the Capitol employees via virtual platform.
It primarily tackled the process to observe before and after vaccination, the benefits of being fully vaccinated, as well as the dreading effects of the coronavirus.
In the orientation, Department of Health (DOH)-Sarangani provincial director Dr. Shahrir Dulduco pointed out that the vaccine is the communities’ only defense against Covid-19. “This has been clinically proven to protect the people from the virus.”
Dulduco said, the vaccine is “really an advantage” at the moment to combat Covid-19 while “we don’t have yet medicines” for the virus.
He also urged not to wait until “magkasakit tayo ng Covid. Kahit mild, moderate, or severe man yan. Huwag na nating ilagay sa alanganin ang ating buhay” and stressed, “remember Covid-19 can lead to death.”
Dulduco explained the vaccine’s purpose is to “help our body produce armies or antibodies against Covid-19 in case an individual will be infected. Getting vaccinated,” he said, “prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.”
However, he said being fully vaccinated does not guarantee Covid immunity. “Magkaka-Covid ka pa rin, however, you already have antibodies that will help you shorten the mutation of the virus inside your body at magiging mild na lang ang symptoms na mararamdaman.”
He also pointed out that with the thousands of deaths recorded in the Philippines due to Covid-19, “no one has died from the vaccines.”
“Yung mga recorded na isa, dalawa, tatlo, those were not Covid-19 vaccine-related deaths.” Autopsy findings, Dulduco said, revealed causes of deaths to be “stroke and heart attack.”
He also updated that those employees who have been infected by Covid-19 can already be vaccinated “depending on the assessment of the medical personnel.”
“Dati kasi months pa bago pwedeng bakunahan yung isang taong nagka-Covid, but now pwede na siyang mabigyan as long as there is a clearance from the doctor at dadaan pa din naman sa interview,” he said.
Dulduco also advised “not to believe on social media unless it is the DOH, WHO (World Health Organization), Sarangani Provincial Health Office, or Sarangani IATF ang nag-announce or nag-verify ng information.”
“Kung hindi tayo magpapa-bakuna,” he said, “the risk of Covid-19 is always with us. Sa bakuna maliit lang yung margin of error, pero yung protection natin masyadong mataas.” (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by Jake Narte taken on March 7 during the launching of “ResBakuna Kasangga ng Bida” vaccination drive at Sarangani Healthcare Facility.