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NAVAL, Biliran: The long wait is over for the Biliran Province as it started to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination campaign last March 10.

Biliran Governor Rogelio J. Espina, a medical doctor, and COVID-19 survivor, led the vaccination launching ceremonies at the Biliran Provincial Hospital, attended by the hospital personnel, government officials, and other health workers.

“Despite that, we have the vaccine already, it is still a must that we observe minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields, physical distancing, and handwashing to make yourself safe from this disease,” Governor Espina said. He also thanked the health workers and front liners ‘who continuously work to ensure the safety of the Biliranons.’

Biliran Provincial Hospital Chief Dr. Joyce Caneja is the first medical worker to be inoculated with Sinovac, a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Espina personally gave the first shot of the vaccine to Caneja. “Our hope to be free from this is finally here! Let’s have ourselves vaccinated,” Dr. Caneja underscored.



Medical doctors, nurses, and other health workers in the hospital were given both Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines during the launching ceremony.

Other municipalities in the province also started to roll out their vaccination program: Municipality of Naval (March 10), Municipalities of Almeria, Cabucgayan and Kawayan (March 22), Municipalities of Culaba, Biliran, Maripipi, and Caibiran (March 23). The total number of vaccinated health workers and frontliners with Sinovac and AstraZeneca is around 764.

As of March 26, the Biliran Province has 324 total COVID-19 positive cases with eight (8) active cases.