Ilocos Norte receives AstraZeneca vaccine share from nat’l gov’t
Ilocos Norte Governor Mattew Marcos Manotoc and Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, alongside national and regional officials, attended a two-part ceremonial vaccination of medical frontliners using AstraZeneca at the Laoag City General Hospital and Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital last March 12.
Secretary Harry Roque, Presidential Spokesperson and IATF-EID Spokesperson, and Secretary Vince Dizon, Testing Czar and Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Task Force against COVID-19 led the roster of national officials.
“Dito sa Ilocos Norte, dahil sa pagmamahal niyo sa buhay, hindi kayo nag-atubili. Kayo yata ang pinakamabilis na nagbakuna sa buong bayang Pilipinas.
Dahil sa tiwalang pinakita niyo sa sensiya at sa mga eksperto na nagsasabing ligtas at epektibo ang mga bakuna, kampante po kami na mas marami pang medical frontliners at mga kababayan natin ang magpapaturok dahilan para matapos na po itong pandemyang nagbibigay ng napakaraming pahirap sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Sec. Roque exclaimed.
Also present during the symbolic vaccination were Assistant Secretary Rachel Queenie Rodulfo of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Director James Fadrilan of DILG Region I, and Assistant Regional Director Mar Wynn Bello of the Department of Health Region I.
Ilocos Norte received 462 doses from the national government. More than 10 senior healthcare workers from government-managed hospitals were inoculated with the said vaccines.
Speaking at the event, Gov. Marcos Manotoc said:
“Though we see the light at the end of the tunnel and though this may be the beginning of the end of this pandemic, may we not tire of all our safety protocols and the caution and the discipline that has brought us here to being one of the safest provinces in the entire Philippines－something that we can all be proud of.”
“Sa lahat po ng mga frontliners sa health workers, sa PNP, sa BHERTs, everyone at the borders and COVID-19 facilities, taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat. We are safe because of you and we will continue to be cautious in honor and appreciation of you,”he ended.