Rolling out a successful inoculation program in Cordillera would require convincing the doctors and nurses that the vaccine against the coronavirus disease is safe, officials of the Department of Health said.
About 5,000 health workers in the region dealing with COVID-19 patients since the pandemic struck in March last year would be given priority for the immunization.
But around 30 percent of medical front-liners who were recently polled in a national survey have expressed apprehensions about the vaccine brands that the government would acquire for them, said Dr. Ruby Constantino, Cordillera director of the DOH.
Another survey of about 300 provincial and municipal health workers in Cordillera who were trained to handle the massive inoculation programs on the ground. In this group, around 75 percent indicated they would participate in vaccination and the remaining 25 percent had concerns about the efficacy of some brands.