Diaz: Capitol to rollout Pfizer vaccines at 2 venues next week; low vaccination turnout in Kabankalan

The Negros Occidental provincial government will begin the rollout 11,700 doses of Pfizer vaccines next week, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

The vaccines, which arrived Thursday, June 17, will be administered at the Negros Residences at Gatuslao Street in Bacolod City and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City as the vaccination sites need to be near the -86°C freezers where they are being stored, he said.

The provincial government has an -86°C freezer at the Provincial Health Office in Bacolod City and another one at the TLJPH, he said.

A third freezer will be purchased for the Valladolid District Hospital where vaccines for southern Negros will be stored, Diaz said.

The Pfizer vaccines will be administered on Negrenses who fall under the A1 to A3 categories – health care workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, he said.

The provincial government began the rollout of 13,000 Sinovac vaccines in 13 towns and cities in Negros Occidental for persons under the A1 to A3 categories Thursday and will continue the activity in more local government units Friday, he said.

Diaz expects the Sinovac vaccination drive to be completed by Saturday.

Of the 13 LGUs covered by the mass vaccination Kabankalan City had the most unutilized doses at 179. No additional vaccines will be given to the city until it uses up what was delivered to it, he said.

The following is the list of the number of vaccines distributed to the 13 LGUs and amount utilized on Thursday:

Meanwhile, Bacolod will also get its share of Pfizer vaccines, Dr. Chris Sorongon, City Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical data and analysis, said.

He said the Department of Health is set to inspect the two freezers purchased by the Bacolod City government for the vaccines.

The freezers will be able to accommodate all types of vaccines, he said.*

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