ILOILO CITY, March 6 (PIA) – About 8,438 medical frontliners and hospital employees in Western Visayas are set to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccines after its arrival yesterday, March 5, in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, infectious disease cluster head of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD), said that they are finalizing the deployment of the vaccines and once health facilities are prepared, vaccination can start over the weekend or on Monday.
The medical facilities that will receive the vaccines are the Western Visayas Medical Center, West Visayas State University Medical Center, Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital, Inc., and St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City, and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City.
A total of 16,880 doses of Sinovac vaccine arrived in Western Visayas. Of the figure, Iloilo received 10,580 doses of vaccine while Bacolod City received 6,300 doses.
Juanico said that they were instructed that vaccination should take place within two to seven days, but they are shortlisting other hospitals so that they may also receive the vaccines.
She said she is happy that the vaccines are here.
“This is not only for our protection but our contribution also to the global community to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said in a media interview.
Juanico urged the public the appreciate the presence of the vaccine and take part in the vaccination process. (LTP/CBA/PIA-6)