MARINA Vaccination at BRTTH


On August 5 and 12, 2021 Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) rolled out 531 Moderna vaccines for outbound Bicolano seafarers following a request from the Department of Health – Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH-Bicol CHD) to accommodate the Maritime Industry Authority Regional Office V (MARINA ROV).

At a short program held prior to the vaccination, MARINA ROV Engr. Bernardo A. Pollo discussed the importance of seafarers in the community.  He thanked the DOH and BRTTH vaccination team respectively for allocating vaccines and facilitating the vaccination of seafarers, then awarded the two healthcare institutions with plaques of appreciation for their outstanding and excellent contribution in fighting the COVID-19 disease.

Dr. Rita Mae C. Ang-Bon, DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Focal Person emphasized the relevance of vaccination of seafarers against COVID-19, especially with their line of work.  BRTTH Medical Center Chief Dr. Eric Raymond N. Raborar and Public Health Unit Head Raoul Emmanuel O. Zantua who were present during the program thanked the seafarers for their hard work and dedication to support and strengthen the economic growth of the world. They also expressed their gratitude for MARINA ROV’s support for the vaccination program.

COVID-19 vaccination for priority groups A1, A2, and A3 is ongoing in the Bicol Region, and BRTTH shall continue its vaccination program for other agencies after completing the vaccination of workers in frontline health services.  Based on Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 117, outbound Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for deployment within the next four (4) months are re-categorized as A1. The League of Manning Agencies was put in charge of consolidating the list and prioritizing the vaccination of seafarers based their deployment. 

With the 2nd dose scheduled on September 7, 2021, the BRTTH Vaccination Team advised all vaccinated seafarers and the public to continuously observe the DOH Minimum Public Health Protocols even after completing their doses, to further ensure their protection from acquiring the COVID-19 virus.


1 MARINA ROV staff get their COVID-19 vaccines on August 5 at the BRTTH-PSSB
2 Seafarers waiting out their observation period at the post-vaccination area/b>
3 MARINA ROV awards plaques of appreciation to DOH-Bicol CHD and BRTTH for their untiring effort in the rollout of vaccines in the region.(L-R: BRTTH Public Health Unit Head Dr. Raoul Emmanuel O. Zantua, MARINA ROV Director Engr. Bernardo A. Pollo, DOH-Bicol CHD COVID-19 Vaccination Focal Person Dr. Rita Mae C. Ang-Bon, and BRTTH Medical Center Chief Dr. Eric Raymond N. Raborar)
4 Seafarers proudly display their vaccinated arms after getting their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine