The Negros Occidental provincial government cannot accept additional COVID-19 vaccines for now because of lack of storage space, Dr. Claudelia Josefa Pabillo said Tuesday, May 17.
Pabillo, who is in-charge of Negros Occidental’s vaccine distribution, said they cannot accept new vaccines for now because the provincial government’s ultra-low freezer is full.
They have to use up the vaccines they have first, she said.
They still have a lot of Pfizer vaccines for adults and minors, she said.
There are still a lot of residents who are hesitant to have primary and booster vaccines, especially among the senior citizens, Pabillo said.
None of the vaccines in the provincial government storage facility have expired, she added.
Pabillo said she does not know when additional vaccines will be sent to the province.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson urged the mayors of Negros Occidental on Monday to step up their COVID-19 vaccination drives with the elections over.
Negros Occidental still has the lowest vaccinated target population in Western Visayas, the Department of Health 6 reported on Monday.
It has only vaccinated 62.47 percent of its target population, and 58.85 percent of its senior citizens target, the DOH 6 said.*