QC grants daily allowance to volunteer health workers in jab sites

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021   •   283

MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has signed an ordinance granting medical professional volunteers a daily allowance of up to P2,500.

The ordinance is the local government’s way of providing proper compensation to help augment Quezon City’s medical workforce and inoculate the city’s residents.

“It is only right and just that we give them a daily allowance so they won’t be spending their personal funds for transportation and food, for example,” said Mayor Joy.

“Malaking tulong na ang serbisyong ibinibigay nila sa ating lungsod lalo na at kulang tayo sa mga medical staff gaya ng mga doktor at nars na kwalipikadong magbakuna,” Belmonte added.

Under Ordinance No. SP-3024 s., 2021 or “An Ordinance Granting Daily Allowance to the COVID-19 Vaccination Volunteer Medical Staff”, the city government will pay for food, transportation, and other necessities of the volunteer medical staff serving at any of the city’s COVID-19 vaccination sites.

The measure states that anyone who will sign up as a volunteer will be remunerated per day based on the following categories: P2,500 for medical doctors; P1,400 for dentists and nurses; P1,300 for post-graduate interns; P1,000 for other allied medical professionals, and P800 for midwives.

The ordinance was introduced by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Eric Medina, Jun Ferrer, Donny Matias, and Lala Sotto-Antonio.

Pagbibigay ng COVID-19 booster shots sa health workers, hindi pa napapanahon – WHO

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa 96 porsiyento na sa hanay ng A1 o healthcare sector ang nababakunahan kontra COVID-19 at maaaring makumpleto na sa susunod na buwan ang target inoculation sa grupo.

 Ngunit para sa World Health Organization (WHO), hindi pa napapanahon ang pagbibigay ng COVID-19 booster shots sa healthcare workers sa gitna ng lumulobong kaso ng coronavirus infections.

Ayon kay WHO country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, maaari lamang umpisahan ang pagbibigay ng booster shots kung nasa 40 porsiyento na ng populasyon ng bansa ang nababakunahan na kontra COVID-19.

Kailangan ring unahin ang pagbibigay ng booster shot sa mga immunocompromised individuals.

“Among health workers also there could be immunocompromised individuals, and there may be a need for those individuals to receive booster shots. But universal administration of booster shots, even for health workers at this point in time, WHO does not have a recommendation to support that,” ani Abeyasinghe.

Una nang sinabi ni vaccine czar Carlito Galvez na posibleng mabigyan ng booster shot ang health workers dahil lumipas na ang anim na buwan mula nang makumpleto ang kanilang COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Sa ngayon ay nasa 17 milyon pa lang sa 110 milyong indibidwal na kabilang sa priority sectors ang fully vaccinated sa bansa.

Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites — Belmonte

Maris Federez   •   August 8, 2021

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Sunday slammed those who are spreading fake news on social media of walk-in accommodations being allowed in vaccination sites.

“To be categorically clear, Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites,” Belmonte said.

“Hindi po maaaring magbakasakali at pumila lamang upang mabakunahan. May maayos na sistema po ng pre-registration at scheduling na patuloy na ipinatutupad sa ating lungsod,” she added.

Belmonte cited video footages of large crowds forming outside vaccine sites which can easily become super-spreader events, due to the fake announcement being posted on social media.

The local chief executive said these online saboteurs are endangering the lives of men, women, and children.

“To those spreading this fake news (for whatever malicious reason), makonsensya naman kayo […] Kung hindi kayo madadala sa pakiusap, kaso ng reckless endangerment, violation ng Cybercrime Law, at unjust vexation ang ihaharap namin sa inyo,” she warned.

Belmonte also appealed to national law enforcement agencies to investigate these posts and file the necessary charges.

“To social media platforms, I hope that you can help curb the spread of this particularly dangerous type of fake news, and permanently ban those who use your platform to jeopardize the health and safety of others,” she further said.

Belmonte also urges the public to continue to be vigilant, practice standard precautions, and stay safe.

More health workers in Cebu tested positive for COVID-19 — PMA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More health workers in Cebu tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Philippine Medical Association (PMA).

During the virtual public briefing on Friday (August 6), PMA President Dr. Benito Atienza said there are health workers, who are already vaccinated, that tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 100 health workers tested positive for COVID-19 in Cebu.

Atienza, however, said the positive cases among vaccinated health workers are asymptomatic.

Atienza also reminds vaccinated individuals to also continue following the minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ang panawagan natin sa kababayan natin, may bakuna o hindi, ganoon pa rin ang gagawin. Ang minimum health protocol natin, gagawin pa rin (We call on our fellowmen, vaccinated or not, to continue practicing minimum health protocol),” he said.

Meanwhile, he encouraged nursing graduates to apply to the Department of Health (DOH) since working in the government provides more incentives. -AAC

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