About 90 percent of the 11,909 doses of Sinovac vaccines delivered to the 31 towns and cities of Negros Occidental in the last five days have been administered on Negrenses as of Monday, June 21, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
The remaining 2,616 doses out of a total of 14,525 will be distributed on Tuesday, June 22, he said.
The aim is to fully administer all 14,525 doses on Tuesday, he said.
The Department of Health is sending 10,000 more doses of Sinovac vaccines to Negros Occidental Tuesday, Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, head of the infectious disease cluster of the DOH in Western Visayas, said.
The inoculation of 11,700 Pfizer vaccines will be conducted at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City in five days, Diaz also said.
The provincial government is hiring at least 28 additional vaccinators for the Negros Residences and 12 for the TLJPH, he said.
“To address the specific sensitivity of the Pfizer vaccines we want them administered as fast as possible and the only way to do it is to hire more vaccinators,” he said.
The target is to vaccinate 1,000 people with the Pfizer vaccines a day – 700 at the Negros Residences and 300 at the TLJPH, he added.
The local governments units (LGUs) have been instructed to submit lists of their constituents who fall under the A1 to A3 categories – health care workers, senior cities and persons with comorbidities – to be inoculated with the Pfizer vaccines, he said.
The lists of nominated vaccinees signed by the mayors should be submitted to the DOH starting Tuesday until 5 p.m. Thursday, Diaz said.*