The provincial government of Bulacan through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) held a dry run of the vaccination for the first dose, which was held for priests, nuns and seminarians at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Barangay Tabe, Guiguinto, Bulacan.
The dry run inoculation was done through mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics dispatched by the provincial government to rural communities across the province.
According to Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Provincial Health Officer II and Cluster Head of the Response Operations Cluster, some 60 front line health workers administered the dry-run wherein the first recipients were church personnel including priests, nuns, seminarians, seminary staff, church volunteers.
It was learned that the Diocese of Malolos through Fr. Vince Reyes, health care in-charge made the request to Governor Daniel Fernando for them to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccines especially for the nuns who were not allowed to go out.
Fr. Reyes also said that they (the priests) were also afraid to go out after less than ten priests and members of the staff of the Diocese of Malolos tested positive of COVID-19, including Bishop Dennis Villarojo who just recently recovered.
The governor immediately responded and instructed Dr. Celis to coordinate and through the said mobile vaccine clinic, the dry-run was made possible where some 340 church personnel were given their first jab of CoronaVac, the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac.
“We are extremely grateful to our governor for always supporting us and sending mobile vaccination clinic for us to be inoculated against COVID-19 disease,” Fr. Reyes said.
Fernando said the official operation of the mobile vaccine clinics will start on Monday (June 28) as they will send these off down to the barangays once-a-week for Bulakenyos particularly those who live in rural and semi-isolated areas of the province.
“Para mas mabilis at maging more effective ang vaccination roll out ng provincial health office bukod sa isinasagawa ng local government unit ay inilatag natin itong mobile vaccine clinic. We need to reach 70 percent of our population to be vaccinated before the end of the year to reach herd immunity as per directive of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Fernando said.