MoH inoculates 44 Bangsamoro journalists, kin

By Philippine Muslim Today news team

COTABATO CITY – Medical workers of The Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MoH-BARMM) have administered coronavirus vaccines on 44 journalists and this family members upon request of their newly formed media group.

Twenty (20) members of the Bangsamoro Press Corps (BPC) and 24 of their immediately relatives received the first dose of Sinovac vaccine at the lobby of the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) of the BARMM government seat here on Wednesday, July 29.

A team of physicians and nurses administered the inoculations on instruction of MoH Minister Bashary Latiph and Director General Amirel Usman, who were earlier requested by BPC President Ali Macabalang, news editor of The Philippine Muslim Today news, for possible provision of COVID-19 preventive services for media workers.

BPC Treasurer Ella Dayawan and second Secretary Crizbelle May Lorenzon arranged with the MoH officialdom the SKCC as a venue for Wednesday’s event.

SKCC is the same venue where the BPC was organized last April 17 and its pioneer officers, board of directors and members were inducted to office on July 3 by Undersecretary Joel Sys Egco, head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).

The duo took photos of the inoculation proceedings, showing some of the 20 BPC members seated in a row waiting their turns and their family members.

Among those inoculated family members as shown in a photo is the mother of BPC Vice President for Print John M. Unson.

The just inoculated 44 persons will receive their second dozes on Aug. 24 and 25, it was learned.

(Attached are photos of BPC members listing up for inoculation, some seated waiting for inoculation, and the mother of John Unson being administered by an MoH worker with Sinovac dose inside her car due to old age.)

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