PGH has zero health workers infected with COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) — The Philippine General Hospital has not recorded any COVID-19 cases among its health workers over the past two to three weeks, its spokesperson said Thursday.

"So far, zero for the past two to three weeks. We have not had a breakthrough infection in our healthcare workers," PGH spokesperson Jonas del Rosario told CNN Philippines' The Source.

He said they logged one COVID-19 case last week but it was a medical student who was not formally considered working for the hospital.

"We are very happy. We looked at the numbers. Out of 20 healthcare workers tested in a day, zero ang may (have) COVID-19 so that’s a good sign," Del Rosario said.

He added that most of their health workers have been immunized against COVID-19. Of at least 4,000 who received their primary shots months ago, over 1,000 have already received their boosters.

PGH intends to administer booster shots to at least a thousand more of their health workers. Del Rosario said others already got their additional shots somewhere else.

The Philippine government is now giving booster shots to the rest of the general adult population after initially prioritizing healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.

Data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard shows that as of Dec. 8, at least 39.5 million Filipinos have completed their primary doses, while 643,370 have already received their booster shots.