Davao City – Ninety Percent (90%) of the existing workforce of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Branch XI secured their vaccination against COVID-19 by the end of July 2021.

Most of the Branch’s regular and agency-based employees obtained their first-dose of COVID-19 vaccine last June 2021. The said employees took their first vaccine at the Davao City National High School and H. Dizon Elementary School. They received their second-dose of vaccine last July 2021.

The remaining employees of the Branch who were willing to get vaccinated got their first-dose vaccination thru the Association of Regional Executives in National Agencies (ARENA) Region XI Covid-19 Vaccination Program for government employees/workers at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Vaccine brand secured by the employees varied from Pfizer-BionTech, AstraZeneca and CoronaVac by SinoVac. In total, seven out of the eight regular and working employees of the Branch and the three agency-based employees working on administrative support, utility and security were vaccinated. On the other hand, one regular employee is still expecting to receive his second-dose vaccine of AstraZeneca on October 2021 while the remaining regular employee of the Branch who did not get vaccinated is still waiting for his schedule of vaccination.

“In support to the directives of the national government and as an advocacy towards vaccination, the Branch also conducted a dual-topic online seminar on the Covid-19 Vaccination Program last June 29, 2021. Dr. Kathryn Roa, the resource speaker of the said seminar and member of the Adult Immunization Committee of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, discussed the efficacies of the different vaccines and the possible reactions of individuals who get vaccinated. Dr. Roa also mentioned that in one study, a group of people were vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna brands and they were monitored with a weekly swab test for 13 weeks. It was found out that the subjects were 90% protected. Based from this, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Protect yourself and your families.” commented Regional Branch Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.

“I reminded my colleagues that even if they were already vaccinated, they still need to be careful, to wear face mask always and maintain social distancing”. Reyes continued. Gary B. Bonghanoy