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Marikina: Only 8.8 % of health workers vaccinated

Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — At least 430 or only 8.8 percent of the 4,890 medical frontliners in Marikina City have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines almost a week after the national government’s vaccine rollout, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said on Friday.

Teodoro said 283 of the health workers are from Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center while the remaining 147 are from various private hospitals in the city.

“No post-vaccination symptoms were observed,” he said in a text message.

It means an average of 86 medical frontliners in the city have been inoculated using the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech of China.

The national government has earmarked 1,350 doses but Teodoro said they need at least 9,780 jabs to achieve full immunity for their health workers.

Teodoro earlier lamented the Department of Health’s decision preventing him from getting vaccinated, which he said could help boost the public’s confidence in vaccines.

Marikina has at least 4,563 COVID-19 cases with 87 deaths. A total of 277 patients are still infected with the virus while 4,194 have recovered.

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