Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines for frontliners in Negros Occidental hospitals are expected to arrive Tuesday, March 9, and ceremonial vaccination rites will be held at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City on Thursday, Alfredo Benitez, provincial consultant on economic affairs, said Monday, March 8.
The vaccines will be for frontliners at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, and Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid town, said Benitez, who followed up the release of the vaccines in Manila.
Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, Department of Health 6 director, said they will be providing Sinovac vaccines to the four hospitals that have already submitted the list of their personnel who are willing vaccinated, and to all other hospitals of the province.
The release of the Sinovac vaccines could be on Tuesday, March 9, she said.
The release of the vaccines was delayed because they were waiting for the provincial government’s list of frontliners who have volunteered to be vaccinated, Monicimpo said.
The provincial government sent a summary of the number willing to be vaccinated but the Department of Health needs a line list with specific names, she said.
The number of doses to be given to the Negros Occidental hospitals will depend on the frontliners who have signified that they are willing to be vaccinated, she said.
She said the second dose of Sinovac vaccines for Bacolod City can be turned over to the Negros Occidental hospitals Tuesday or Wednesday for their use and will be replaced by the DOH later.
The DOH provided 6,300 doses of Sinovac vaccines last week for 3,150 hospital frontliners in Bacolod City.
Vaccination of the first dose in Bacolod City is underway this week and the second dose will be administered 28 days after, Monicimpo said.
“So the second dose for the Bacolod City frontliners can be turned over to the provincial government hospitals this week and will be replaced,” Monicimpo said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson this morning said he had sought the help of Senator Bong Go for the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for Negros Occidental hospital frontliners.
He asked for 5,000 to 6,000 doses, Lacson said.
Negros Occidental health frontliners in provincial government and local government-managed hospitals are 8,000, Lacson said.
Monicimpo said about 50 to 60 percent of the hospital frontliners are expected to volunteer to be vaccinated.*