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.
On August 9, the Division received 10,192 doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations from the UK government for AFP personnel stationed in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces.
The immunization was overseen by Lt. Col. Jussel F. Parlan, commanding officer of Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an Station Hospital. The immunization was aided by augmented medical staff from the Provincial Department of Health (PDOH) and one team from the 9th Regional Community Defense Group (9RCDG).
The first dose of the vaccine, according to Lt. Col. Parlan, has to be given out until August 15 according to DOH instructions. Parlan emphasizes the significance of vaccination, particularly for people who have been afflicted with 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 for the Provincial DOH Office, discussed the vaccination’s possible side effects and debunked vaccine myths.
“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 stated that the government, through the DOH, will continue its mass immunization campaign, RESBAKUNA: Kasangga ng BIDA, to beat COVID-19.
The commander of 1ID, Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, thanked the national government and higher headquarters for their efforts to guarantee that all of his personnel are vaccinated and protected against 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 this writing, 1,176 Division staff have been vaccinated, including the first group of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine recipients, who received the vaccine in March 2021.