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Negros Occidental getting AstraZeneca share for senior citizen hospital frontliners; COVID testing czar joining Sinovac jab ceremonial rites

The Negros Occidental Provincial Incident Management Team and COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force picking up the 1,600 doses of Sinovac vaccines for the province from the Bacolod City Government Center cold room Wednesday morning, March 10.*Richard Malihan photo

The Department of Health is providing 1,995 Negros Occidental hospital frontliners with COVID-19 Sinovac vaccines, and 1,600 doses for 800 recipients were delivered Wednesday, March 10, Jane Juanico, DOH 6 infectious disease cluster head, said.

The Department of Health 6 received an additional 16,880 vials of Sinovac vaccines and 1,000 vials of AztraZeneca vaccines Wednesday, March 10, to be distributed throughout Western Visayas, she said.

The 1,000 AstraZeneca vials that are equivalent to 10,000 doses will be allocated for 5,000 hospital frontliners who are 60 years old and above, which will include those from Negros Occidental, Juanico said.

This is because the Sinovac vaccines cannot be administered on persons who are 60 years and above, she explained.

Juancio said so far 1,995 hospital frontliners in Negros Occidental have signified their willingness to be vaccinated with Sinovac vaccines.

So the DOH will provide 395 more doses for the first jab and the full allocation for the second dose, she added.

The Negros Occidental Provincial Incident Management Team and COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force picked up the 1,600 doses of Sinovac vaccines for the province from the Bacolod City Government Center cold room Wednesday morning.

The Negros Occidental ceremonial COVID-19 vaccination rites are set at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

Secretary Vince Dizon, COVID-19 testing czar and deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Gov. Jeffery Ferrer and provincial consultant Alfredo Benitez are expected at the ceremonial rites, he said.

Twelve doctors from the TLJPH, Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City and Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid have volunteered to be vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccines at the ceremonial rites, Diaz said.

The mass vaccination of health frontliners in the 11 government hospitals in Negros Occidental will start on Saturday, March 13, he added.

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 vaccination drill will be held in Murcia town Friday, March 12, to be attended by Lacson, Ferrer, and some mayors, Diaz added.*

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