There are 2,960 hospital frontliners targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in Negros Occidental, and 699 had been vaccinated as of Tuesday, Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang said Wednesday, March 17.
There were 679 frontliners who were inoculated with Sinovac and 20 with Astra Zeneca vaccines, he said.
The Department of Health has provided Negros Occidental with 5,180 doses of Sinovac vaccines and 740 AstraZeneca doses that will cover 2,960 frontliners, Tumimbang said.
The vaccines have not caused any severe adverse effects on the frontliners already vaccinated, he said.
The low number of Negros Occidental frontliners who have been vaccinated so far is because of the distance of the hospitals where the vaccines are being delivered, he said.
Vaccines were delivered to hospitals in southern Negros Occidental on Tuesday, and more were delivered to the north Wednesday, Tumimbang said.
The target is to complete the vaccination of the first dose by this week, he added.
Sinovac vaccines have been administered on 268 frontliners at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, 247 – Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City, 92 – Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, 62- Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid town and 10 – Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City, Tumimbang said.
Twenty frontliners at the Valladolid District Hospital have also been inoculated with Astra Zeneca vaccines, he added.*