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Finally, protection arrives for senior citizen frontliners

Provincial Incident Management Team and Provincial Health Office personnel picking up the COVID-19 vaccines for Negros Occidental hospital frontliners.*Richard Malihan photo

Senior citizen hospital frontliners finally have protection against COVID-19, Bacolod City Administrator Em Ang said Friday, March 12.

The AstraZeneca vaccines for hospital frontliners who are 60 years and above in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, along with additional Sinovac vaccines, arrived Friday.

The Sinovac vaccines can only be administered on frontliners from 18 to 59 years old, Ang, who is also Bacolod Emergency Operations Center executive director, explained.

Bacolod City received 312 vials of AstraZeneca vaccines containing 3,120 doses for 1,560 senior citizen frontliners, she said.

The hospital frontliners who will receive the AstraZeneca vaccines are from the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Riverside Medical Center Inc., Bacolod Adventist Medical Center and The Doctor’s Hospital Inc., she said.

There will be a ceremonial rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccines at the Bacolod City Government Center 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data and analysis of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force, said.

Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, COVID-19 testing czar and deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, has promised that more AstraZeneca and COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Bacolod City next week, Ang said.

There are almost 2,000 Bacolod frontliners waitlisted for additional COVID-19 vaccines, Sorongon said.

Sorongon said 2,288 Bacolod hospital frontliners have already been vaccinated with the first shipment of Sinovac vaccines as of Friday.

Six Bacolod hospitals have accomplished 100 percent vaccination of their frontliners, except for the Southern Bacolod General Hospital, he added.

Meanwhile, 74 AstraZeneca vaccines with 740 doses for 370 Negros Occidental hospital frontliners also arrived today, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

There were also 990 additional Sinovac vaccines that arrived for Negros Occidental frontliners, he added.

The Provincial Health Office also received a shipment of anti-rabies vaccines and auxiliary supplies needed for immunization.*

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