Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD), with Maritime Industry Authority Regional Office V (MARINA ROV) began the rollout of Moderna vaccines for outbound seafarers.
Prior to the inoculation of the seafarers, a short program was conducted yesterday,
August 5, 2021, at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), in Legazpi City.
Present during the program were five hundred (500) outbound seafarers enlisted at MARINA ROV who were the recipients of the Moderna vaccines.
MARINA ROV Director, Engr. Bernardo A. Pollo together with his team also graced the event.
“Gusto kong pasalamatan ang DOH sa pagtangkilik ng ating mga seafarers at sa balita na inyong binigay na mayroong mga bakuna na naka-allocate para sa ating mga seafarers. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa vaccination team ng BRTTH,” RD Pollo expressed in his message during the program.
Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon emphasized the importance of the vaccination of the seafarers against COVID-19, especially with their line of work.
“Kinikilala natin ang kahalagahan na ma-protektahan natin ang ating mga mamamayanan na lumalabas ng bansa para magprovide sa economy sa bansa at sa buong mundo. Ang ating mga seafarers, sila po yung mga pinakamatapang,” Dr. Ang-Bon said.
BRTTH Medical Center Chief, Dr. Eric Raymond N. Raborar and Public Health Unit Head Raoul Emmanuel O. Zantua were also present during the event.
They expressed their gratitude for MARINA ROV’s continuous support of the COVID-19 vaccination program.
COVID-19 vaccination for priority groups A1, A2, and A3 is ongoing in the Bicol Region.
Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 117, outbound OFWs for deployment within the next four months are re-categorized as A1.