Press Release
March 9, 2021

Villar welcomes vaccination rollout in Las Pinas

Senator Cynthia Villar welcomed the Covid-19 vaccination rollout with vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech that began last Thursday, March, 4 in her hometown Las Pinas City.

"I am happy that we already started giving the Covid-19 vaccines in Las Piñas. We hope all medical frontliners and residents will grab the opportunity to be vaccinated, so they will be protected against the virus" Villar said.

Villar said she is confident that many individuals, including healthcare workers, will be innoculated regardless of the vaccine brand, citing the assurance given by our health officials and the government that they are safe and effective.

The lady senator is looking forward the vaccines rollouts will run smoothly as she renewed her calls to Las Pinas residents to cooperate with the city government and health officials who are only thinking of their protection, safety and welfare.

She also urged everyone to receive their Covid-19 shots for the country to finally be able to move to the new normal of living and to recover from economic slump amid the pandemic. "At present, this is our best defense against the virus," she also pointed out.

She likewise acknowledged government efforts to ramp up vaccine confidence and overcome vaccine hesistancy brought about by the Dengvaxia controversy.

To ease fears of the Covid-19 vaccines, hospital directors and some government officials got the first jabs of the vaccines.

Villar said Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Tauma Center (LPGHSTC) General Director Dr. Rodrigo Hao confirmed that 300 frontliners already got their first dose of the China-made Sinovac vaccine. Among the first to get the jabs was Dr. Hao.

Another 300 doses of Sinovac, which arrived last Sunday (March 7), will be administered to another batch of medical frontliners.

LPGHTC and the Las Pinas City government is also awaiting for the arrival of those AstraZeneca vaccines from Covax and those procured by Las Pinas City from AstraZeneca the British drugmaker (300,000 doses). The Las Pinas City also procured from Novavax (200,000 doses).

Las Piñas City government prepared for the mass vaccination rollout by conducting vaccination simulation as it targets to inoculate 3,000 residents daily, putting up screening sites in the city's 20 barangays for the listing down of those to be prioritized to receive the vaccines, and designating vaccination sites during the mass vaccination program.

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