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Nearly 15% of Parañaque health workers cool to vaccine
“Nurses and doctors that I know and have talked to, 100 percent of them have been vaccinated,” Olivarez said.
Michael Varcas, file

Nearly 15% of Parañaque health workers cool to vaccine

Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Around 10 to 15 percent of health workers in Parañaque still do not want to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Friday.

He told “The Chiefs” on One News/TV5 that most of those delaying their vaccination are barangay and city health workers.

“Nurses and doctors that I know and have talked to, 100 percent of them have been vaccinated,” Olivarez said.

Among the reasons for their reluctance is vaccine preference, he said, adding that so far, only Chinese drug firm Sinovac’s vaccine is available for health workers and persons with comorbidities.

AstraZeneca’s vaccines, which could be administered to senior citizens, are running out, according to Olivarez. Health authorities suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines on people below 60 after reports of blood clots among vaccine recipients surfaced.

Olivarez said the city government could inoculate 7,000 residents per day at Parañaque’s eight to 10 vaccination centers if the supply of vaccines is stable.

He said Parañaque could achieve herd immunity – a scenario wherein 70 percent of the city’s 750,000 residents have become immune to COVID-19 – within two months.

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