July 14, 2021
Nearly 3K avail of Tzu Chi, FFCCCII, MedGrocer vaccination rollout
By Joy Rojas
As of July 9, a total of 2,801 private citizens received the first of two Sinovac doses offered in a vaccination rollout organized jointly by the Tzu Chi Foundation, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), the Department of Health, MedGrocer, and other government agencies. The program, which began on July 5, runs till July 17 at the Jing Si Auditorium of Buddhist Tzu Chi Campus (BTCC) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Individuals who fall under the A4 category (essential workers), foreign nationals, companies that want to cover their employees’ inoculation, and anybody looking for a fast and convenient way to get their shots against the highly contagious coronavirus were among those who availed of the rollout.
Said Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of FFCCCII, “The Federation imported 500,000 vials of the [Sinovac] vaccines. Tzu Chi is one of our very important venues for the vaccination. We’re very thankful to Tzu Chi for this opportunity. Many Tzu Chi members are also members of [FFCCCII] because we have the same mission.”
“Coming to Tzu Chi today, I’m very thankful since you did a good job,” he added. “I’ve heard about the Dharma Master Cheng Yen and watched Daaitv. I know you do a lot and I wish more will join Tzu Chi.”
“Let me thank the Tzu Chi Foundation for this opportunity to work together with the FFCCCII in providing vaccines to the community,” concurred Dr. Cecilio Pedro, FFCCCII vice president and president and CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation, maker of locally manufactured toothpastes Hapee and Kutitap. “Hopefully, by providing the workforce in the community with vaccines, they can go back to work and start moving the economy forward.”
“The main mission is service to humanity,” he emphasized. “We’re so happy to be aligned with Tzu Chi Foundation because part of the thrust of the Federation is helping the community.”
While doctors hired by MedGrocer took charge of inoculating those who signed up for the vaccines, volunteer doctors of the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) handled the monitoring segment of the vaccination process. “COVID-19 is really hard on everyone,” says Dr. Catherine Young, pediatrician and a TIMA volunteer since 1994. “We as TIMA volunteer doctors really want to help. So whatever help that we can give, we give.”
Each individual who chose to avail of the vaccine program paid P2,310 for two doses of the Sinovac vaccine imported by the FFCCCII from China.