CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – The 1st Infantry Tabak Division kicks off its 5-day inoculation of more than 5,000 Tabak troopers against the COVID-19 disease Wednesday, August 11, at the 1ID gymnasium.
The Division received the 10,192 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government on August 9, intended for AFP personnel deployed in Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces.
Lt. Col. Jussel F. Parlan, commanding officer of Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an Station Hospital, supervised the inoculation. Augmented medical staff from the Provincial Department of Health (PDOH) and one team from the 9th Regional Community Defense Group (9RCDG) assisted in the vaccination.
According to Lt. Col. Parlan, the first dose of the vaccine has to be given out until August 15 per the advice from the DOH. Parlan states the importance of getting vaccinated, especially those who were infected by the virus.
“The vaccine will help prepare your body para labanan ang virus. Hindi porke nagka-COVID ka na ay hindi ka na pwede magpa-vaccine kasi meron pa ring chance ng re-infection,” Parlan said.
“Bilang mga frontliners, we are prone to infection. Ang pagpapabakuna ay makakatulong ito sa atin to protect ourselves and the people we serve,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Agnes E. Fernando, the Provincial Health Team Leader, Provincial DOH Office, shared the possible side effects after getting the vaccine and busted the myths surrounding the vaccines.
“The vaccine will prevent us from having severe symptoms; that means you are protected, and your body is capable of defending itself from the microorganisms,” Fernando said.
She also added that the government, through the DOH, will sustain its mass immunization efforts, the RESBAKUNA: Kasangga ng BIDA Campaign, to beat COVID-19.
Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, the 1ID commander, expressed his gratitude to the national government and higher headquarters for its effort to ensure that all its personnel are vaccinated and protected from the coronavirus.
“Hangarin ng 1ID na mabakunahan ang lahat ng sundalo nang sa ganon ay maging ligtas ang lahat at magampanan natin ng maayos ang ating mga tungkulin na panatilihin ang seguridad at kapayapaan sa ating bansa,” Ponio said.
As of writing, 1,176 Division personnel were already vaccinated, including the first batch who took the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine last March 2021.