Western Visayas is expected to receive 65,000 more doses of Sinovac vaccines with the arrival of 400,000 from China on Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Jane Juanico, Department of Health 6 infectious disease cluster head said.
Bacolod City will receive 5,000 additional Sinovac doses and Negros Occidental will get 12,000 doses, she said.
The additional vaccines are being allocated to health care workers (HCWs) not covered by the initial rollout, she said.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, Bacolod Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical data and analysis, said they were informed that the vaccination of senior citizens could start in May.
Region 6 has 94,000 HWCs and so far 23,000 have been vaccinated with Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, DOH 6 regional director, said.
Sorongon said of the 12,424 identified HCWs in Bacolod City almost 5,000 have been vaccinated.
In Negros Occidental of the about 33,000 HWCs close to 3,000 have been vaccinated, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said.*
There were 400,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines from China that arrived in the Philippines on board a Philippine Airlines chartered flight Wednesday, March 24.*