ILOILO CITY, March 5 (PIA) - - A total of 10,800 doses of Sinovac's COVID-19 doses from Manila have arrived at 9:28 A.M. Friday, at the Iloilo Airport, via Philippine Airlines Flight 2141.
Office Civil Defense 6 Regional Director Jose Roberto R. Nunez, chairperson of the Regional Task Force in Western Visyas and head of the Cold Chain and Logistics of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC), together with Department of Health Region (DOH) 6 Regional Director Emilia Monicimpo led the transportation of the vaccine from the airport to the DOH 6 cold room in Mandurriao district here.
Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, head of the Infectious Disease Unit of the DOH in Western Visayas, said Region 6 was allotted 17,400 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Sinovac pharmaceutical company from China.
It will be recalled that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomed the arrival of the 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine shipment at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Sunday.
For Region 6, the alloted vaccination doses were earmarked to 6 priority hospitals in the region - 4 in Panay Island and 2 in Bacolod City.
Hospitals that will receive the vaccines in Panay Island are Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC), West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC), Iloilo Doctors' Hospital, and St. Paul's Hospital Iloilo, all in Iloilo City.
There was a separate vaccine shipment intended for Bacolod City, also on Friday. Recipient hospitals are Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City.
Juanico said the vaccine doses are for medical health workers and even outsourced personnel of the six hospitals.
Also, shortlisted to receive the doses in case the vaccines will not be totally consumed in two to seven days due to vaccine hesitancy of some health workers are the other COVID referral facilities in the region such as the provincial hospitals that cater to COVID 19 cases.
Juanico is hoping that the COVID vaccination, as another strategy, along with observance of the minimum public health standard will greatly reduce the mortality and morbidity of Ilonggos for COVID 19. (JBG/LAF/PIA Iloilo)