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Capitol purchased vaccines for sugar industry use, too

The Negros Occidental provincial government will roll out the AstraZeneca vaccines it purchased to A4 frontline workers on July 28, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

Only 2,900 of the 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that the provincial government purchased have arrived.

The vaccines that arrived will be rolled out for workers in the sugar industry since Tatak Kalamay had donated to the provincial government for their purchase, Diaz said.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the provincial government purchased vaccines can be used for A4 individuals, but the rest sent by the Department of Health will still be for those belonging to A1 to A3 (health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities).

“The mere fact that we are still not allowed to vaccinate beyond A3 tells us that we have not reached our target yet,” Lacson said.

Pfizer vaccines are being administered at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City this week, Diaz said.

There were 244 AstraZeneca vaccines from the DOH that were deployed to 14 local government units on Wednesday and 87.70 percent were utilized, he added.

The 70,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be rolled out to local government units next week, Diaz said.

They are deploying the vaccines on a first-in first-out basis, he said.*

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