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  • Pasig begins COVID-19 vaccination program; some health workers hesitant

    Pasig begins COVID-19 vaccination program; some health workers hesitant

    MANILA - Pasig City on Tuesday began its COVID-19 inoculation program with only half of the 300 initial vaccination slots filled as some health workers in the city remained hesitant to take Chinese-made jabs. As of 10:30 a.m., 153 health care...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 12:17PM
  • More than 400 receive COVID-19 vaccines on Day 1

    More than 400 receive COVID-19 vaccines on Day 1

    At least 416 health workers and government officials received their first dose of Coronavac, which is a vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech, on the first day of COVID-19 vaccinations based on data collected by GMA News Research. In the report on...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 2:28AM
  • Health workers protest outside Lung Center for ‘most efficacious’ vaccine

    Health workers protest outside Lung Center for ‘most efficacious’ vaccine

    Employees of the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City and other health workers held a protest demanding a free, safe and "most efficacious" COVID-19 vaccine outside the hospital on Monday, while Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 11:01PM
  • Over 700 vaccinated on Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Philippines - officials

    Over 700 vaccinated on Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Philippines - officials

    MANILA - More than 700 health workers were inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine during the first day of the country's COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Monday using donated doses from the Chinese drugmaker Sinovac, officials said. In an interview with...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 9:55PM
  • Efficient vaccination needed amid surge in COVID-19 cases —OCTA

    Efficient vaccination needed amid surge in COVID-19 cases —OCTA

    The OCTA Research group called for an efficient deployment of vaccines in the next two weeks to ensure health workers are inoculated as it noted "significant positive growth" in fresh COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR). Based on its...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 8:26PM
  • Gov't eyes finishing COVID-19 vaccination of over a million health workers in a month

    Gov't eyes finishing COVID-19 vaccination of over a million health workers in a month

    The Philippine government is eyeing to give COVID-19 vaccines to at least 1.4 million health workers within a month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said Monday. "Pipilitin po natin na matapos [ang pagbabakuna sa] lahat ng health workers nationwide...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 11:18AM
  • Health workers can wait for other COVID-19 vaccines, Duterte says

    Health workers can wait for other COVID-19 vaccines, Duterte says

    MANILA - Health workers can wait for another brand of vaccine if they don't want to be inoculated with COVID-19 shots manufactured by Sinovac Biotech, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday. Duterte said health frontliners "have a choice" on which...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 28 February 2021, 9:30PM
  • Some Marikina health workers disinclined vs Sinovac vaccine

    Some Marikina health workers disinclined vs Sinovac vaccine

    Some health workers in Marikina City were not inclined to get the COVID-19 vaccine of China's Sinovac Biotech, Mayor Marcy Teodoro said. According to Dano Tingcungco's report on "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday, Teodoro said some health workers want to...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 8:51PM
  • Duterte to health workers who don’t want Sinovac: ‘Wait for a few days’

    Duterte to health workers who don’t want Sinovac: ‘Wait for a few days’

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday night said health workers who do not want to get Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine should wait for a few days to get inoculated. "Mayroong dadating. They have a choice. It's either AstraZeneca or the Sinovac. Kung ayaw...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 8:36PM
  • Robredo saddened by attempt to trade UK vaccines for Filipino nurses

    Robredo saddened by attempt to trade UK vaccines for Filipino nurses

    Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she was saddened that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asked the United Kingdom for COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for Filipino nurses. "Noong nabasa ko sa balita parang, nakakalungkot kasi parang...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 3:29PM
  • 180 healthworkers in Caloocan hospital want Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine: staff

    180 healthworkers in Caloocan hospital want Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine: staff

    MANILA - The only remaining COVID-19 referral hospital for purely mild to critical cases in Metro Manila, the Dr. Jose N Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (DJNRMH) in Caloocan City, will likely prioritize the vaccination of its 180 health workers who are...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 28 February 2021, 9:59AM
  • DOH's Vergeire: 'Hindi po walang kuwenta ang Sinovac vaccine'

    DOH's Vergeire: 'Hindi po walang kuwenta ang Sinovac vaccine'

    Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday said the agency is not devaluing other health workers not directly involved with COVID-19 patients by offering them Sinovac vaccines, which were previously not recommended to...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 6:04PM
  • DOH says Sinovac COVID-19 jabs 'not at all useless' as health workers express concern

    DOH says Sinovac COVID-19 jabs 'not at all useless' as health workers express concern

    MANILA - The COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinovac is not at all useless in preventing coronavirus infections, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday, as criticism against the vaccine's low efficacy rating mounted among health workers....

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 27 February 2021, 2:55PM
  • Should only some health workers receive Sinovac vaccine? Med groups blast 'double standards'

    Should only some health workers receive Sinovac vaccine? Med groups blast 'double standards'

    MANILA - Medical groups on Friday criticized health officials over their supposed "double standards" for agreeing to have some health workers inoculated with China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, amid reports of its low efficacy. In a joint statement,...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 26 February 2021, 8:49PM
  • Palace: IATF's OK of Sinovac use on health workers assurance of safety, benefits

    Palace: IATF's OK of Sinovac use on health workers assurance of safety, benefits

    Malacanang said Friday the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases' approval of the recommendation of immunization experts to use Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine on health workers is a guarantee of safety and benefits. "The IATF's...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 6:38PM
  • DOH: IATF approves Sinovac vaccine for health workers

    DOH: IATF approves Sinovac vaccine for health workers

    The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has accepted the recommendation of immunization experts to approve the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for health workers, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. "Just this morning we...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 4:52PM
  • Health workers can decline Sinovac vaccine shot –DOH

    Health workers can decline Sinovac vaccine shot –DOH

    The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday clarified that health workers will not lose their priority status in the COVID-19 vaccination program even if they refuse the vaccine developed by the Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech. Health Undersecretary Maria...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 4:06PM
  • Advisory group OKs use of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for PH health workers

    Advisory group OKs use of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for PH health workers

    MANILA - The interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) on Friday announced it was recommending the use of the COVID-19 vaccine by Chinese company Sinovac for health workers, despite earlier reservations by the Food and Drug...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 26 February 2021, 2:45PM
  • DOH: Experts approve Sinovac vaccines for health workers

    DOH: Experts approve Sinovac vaccines for health workers

    The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) has agreed to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine of China's Sinovac Biotech for health workers. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 2:31PM
  • Some health workers still yet to receive hazard pay, benefits: group

    Some health workers still yet to receive hazard pay, benefits: group

    MANILA - Some Filipino health care workers have yet to receive their hazard pay and other benefits for battling COVID-19 in the frontlines, a group of nurses said Thursday. The Department of Health had in December extended the deadline set for...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 25 February 2021, 10:55AM
  • Private hospital staff will take CoronaVac if gov't offers it

    Private hospital staff will take CoronaVac if gov't offers it

    Health workers in private and non-COVID-19 referral hospitals remain hesitant to submit to inoculation with CoronaVac even after the government and the manufacturer have said the vaccine will work for staff indirectly dealing with coronavirus...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 25 February 2021, 5:42AM
  • UK declines PH offer to exchange nurses for vaccines

    UK declines PH offer to exchange nurses for vaccines

    The United Kingdom (UK) declined to take up the Philippines on its offer to let more health workers leave the country if it agreed to donate coronavirus vaccines for Filipinos. Reuters reported on Wednesday, February 24, that a British health...

    RapplerRappler • 24 February 2021, 11:06PM
  • Nurses lament treatment in Philippines' nurses-for-vaccines offer

    Nurses lament treatment in Philippines' nurses-for-vaccines offer

    A nurses' organization on Wednesday expressed dismay over the Department of Labor and Employment's plan to deploy more Filipino nurses and other medical workers to the United Kingdom and Germany in exchange for COVID-19 vaccines. Interviewed on...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 24 February 2021, 5:13PM
  • Garin urges FDA to review decision not to recommend Sinovac to health workers

    Garin urges FDA to review decision not to recommend Sinovac to health workers

    Former health secretary and Iloilo Representative Janette Garin on Wednesday said the Food and Drug Administration's decision not to recommend Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine to health workers should be reviewed. "FDA's decision on Sinovac should be...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 24 February 2021, 5:02PM
  • Duterte ‘perplexed’ over FDA advice not to use Sinovac on health workers exposed to Covid patients

    Duterte ‘perplexed’ over FDA advice not to use Sinovac on health workers exposed to Covid patients

    MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte was "perplexed" over the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation not to use the Sinovac vaccine on health workers frequently exposed to coronavirus disease patients, Malacanang said...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 24 February 2021, 3:23PM
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