THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) received additional doses of Sinovac COVID19 vaccines from the government on June 23, 2021, in order to honor its commitment to aid efforts in vaccinating those belonging to priority groups as well as working individuals.
The PRC established six Bakuna Centers in Metro Manila at the PRC molecular laboratory in Mandaluyong, PRC Port Area, Manila, Kabaka Compound, Pandacan, Manila, San Lorenzo, Makati, Arcovia City, Pasig and a recent addition in PRC Pasay City Chapter. PRC Bakuna Centers are lauded for being efficient, uncrowded, and faithful to health protocols to circumvent infection.
“The Philippine Red Cross is committed to help the government reinforce our defense against COVID19 by vaccinating our people. The Red Cross has the manpower, the resources, and the compassion to reach out to our people and prevent them from getting sick,” PRC Chairman and CEO, Sen. Richard Gordon emphasized.
The Red Cross is not new to vaccination as it also provided substantial support in past campaigns against polio and measles-rubella where its pool of volunteers and partner institutions like the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and top medical universities in the country were maximized.
Recently, the Red Cross Chair also proposed that relatives and household members of frontline workers be prioritized for vaccination, which was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in a letter signed by Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. on June 18, 2021.
“Our healthcare and economic workers face the danger of being exposed to the virus every day and are even more burdened with worry that they might bring the virus to their homes. Prioritizing their household members will allay their fears and boost their morale, knowing that they can return to their families safely after working in the frontlines,” Gordon said in an interview.