Fresh vaccines arrive after initial stock runs out
AS of March 19, some 3,775 medical frontliners in Dagupan City received their allotted first dose of vaccines that arrived in the city two weeks ago. Of the number, 814 were vaccinated at the central vaccination center of the city at the People’s Astrodome.
As the vaccines initially allocated to Dagupan were about to run out, 152 doses of Sinovac vaccines and 100 vials (equivalent to 1,000 doses) of Astra Zeneca vaccine arrived from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development 1.
Dr. Aurora Cuison, OIC city health officer, said the fast roll out of the vaccination program among frontliners will soon finish the whole allocation that were first given to medical frontliners in both public and private health facilities.
She said the Sangguniang Panlungsod during its virtual session on March 16, that first deliveries of the vaccines received by the city government were sent to Region I Medical Center, the Villaflor Doctors Memorial Hospital and the Luzon Medical Center for their medical frontliners.
Health workers of the Dagupan City Health Office were among the first medical front liners inoculated, followed by health workers from the Nazareth General Hospital, Medical Centrum, Medical City, Specialist Group and Trauma Center, Dagupan Orthopaedic Hospital, Decena Hospital and the Cuison Clinic.
Another stock was delivered to the R1MC Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Bonuan Binloc on March 18 for its health workers.
Cuison said vaccination is continuing until the supply lasts.
After completing the inoculation of all the medical frontliners in Dagupan, the next roll out will be for senior citizens soon as more allocations arrive.
Meanwhile, the CHO is negotiating for the use of the City Schools Division’s 11 public schools to be used as vaccination sites in lieu of the People’s Astrodome since elderlies may have difficulties traveling to the site.
Two private schools, PHINMA and St. John School have been tapped as vaccination centers.
Cuison admitted that because of their old age, most senior citizens may have a hard time going to the site to have themselves vaccinated.
Public schools being eyed initially as vaccination centers are the North Central Elementary School in Bonuan Gueset, the Federico Ceralde Integrated School in Bonuan Binloc, Bonuan Boquig Elementary, Judge Jose de Venecia National Vocational School, Carael Elementary School, Pugaro Elementary School. (Leonardo Micua)
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