PHOTO CAPTION: Airport personnel at the Bacolod-Silay Airport haul the newly-arrived Sinovac vaccines intended for medical frontliners of the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the Bacolod City government./iNEWS (Photo: CAAP Bacolod-PIO)
BACOLOD CITY–An additional shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived today for medical frontliners of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
A total of 7,209 doses of the China-made Sinovac vaccines arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport via a Cebu Pacific cargo flight.
Of the total doses, 5,200 are going to the provincial government of Negros Occidental while the remaining 2,000 are for Bacolod City.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data and analysis of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said that the shipment is part of the one million doses of CoronaVac vaccines bought by the national government.
Sorongon said the newly acquired vaccines will be used to inoculate another 1,000 health workers for the city.
Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said of the 5,200 doses they received, 2,600 will be used to inoculate the remaining health workers in the province who have yet to receive the vaccine, while the remaining 2,600 will be used as second doses for those who are done with the first.
He said the majority of the hospital workers in the province have already received their first doses and they will soon deliver the second doses after the recommended 28 or 32-day interval.
Like previously, Tumimbang said they will distribute the vaccines to the province’s local government units.
He added that, as of the moment, they can only distribute vaccines intended for individuals belonging to Category A1.
Tumimbang explained that, due to the limited number of vaccines, they will be unable to accommodate those in Category A2 as of now.
“As much as we would like to accommodate our other priorities, we just can’t,” he said.
There are currently a total of 31,000 health workers all belonging to Category A1, including those working in the barangay level, in Negros Occidental. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)