Health Secretary Duque visits UST Hospital’s ceremonial vaccination against COVID-19


Department of Health Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque, III, visited the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) to inspect its vaccination rollout on March 11, 2020. Duque, a graduate of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, also led the ceremonial vaccination where the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UST Hospital, Very Rev. Fr. Filemon I. Dela Cruz, Jr., O.P., received the COVID-19 jab.

The inoculation against COVID-19 for UST Hospital’s over 1,500 personnel began during its 75th Anniversary held on March 7, 2021. As of publication date, all workers who registered for COVID-19 vaccination were able to get their first dose according to UST COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Task Force Head Dr. John Hubert Pua. The second dose of Sinovac would be given after four weeks, while AstraZeneca’s second dose is after eight to ten weeks.

On USTH’s diamond jubilee, the top administrators, namely the Chief Executive Officer Rev. Fr. Julius Paul C. Factora, O.P., Medical Director Dr. Charito Malong-Consolacion, and Director for Administration Analin Empaynado-Porto, Ph.D., led the ceremonial vaccination.


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