Healthcare workers as Vaccine Ambassadors eyed

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THE government is bent on bestowing a new title for healthcare workers – Vaccine Ambassadors.

At the symbolic vaccination ceremony at the St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City and the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon urged health workers to help the government promote the importance of getting a shot of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dizon, also deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, also expressed appreciation to the health workers for their sacrifices and hard work.

He also assured that the government vaccination program would give them 100-percent protection from severe disease and death.

“We want to honor you with this vaccination rollout. These vaccines are for you. What we are asking from you is that once you are vaccinated, later on when we reach the point when vaccinating our general population, please be our disciples or our ambassadors for vaccination,” Dizon said.

He noted that submitting to vaccination is the “ultimate way” to solve the problem and be able to return to normal.

With this, he said, people could go back to work, visit the malls, and eat out, which would pave the way for the improvement of the economy.

He also warded off anxiety among health workers over the Sinovac vaccines.

“The most important is that the effectiveness of the vaccine is 100 percent to prevent serious illness and death. That’s why our health workers now are all lining up to get vaccinated,” he said, adding that with the right information, all health workers would volunteer to get vaccinated.

Dizon said once the target recipients are vaccinated, the economy would open without fears that the health care system would be overwhelmed.

The vaccination for health workers, senior citizens, and the vulnerable sector is eyed to be completed in the middle of June this year.

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