Ilocos Region receives over 56K anti-Covid vax
THE Ilocos Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD 1) received on Tuesday 56,100 vials of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines from Covax facility.
DOH-CHD 1 spokesperson Dr. Rheuel Bobis said the allocation, composed of 35,100 Pfizer and 21,000 Sinovac doses, are intended for group “A” category or 25,000 frontline health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities in the region.
Bobis said the identified local government units in the region received their allocations last week and the same are expected to be administered this week.
He said prior to the delivery of additional vaccine allocation in the region, there was constant check on the state of “ultra-cold facility” for the storage of the Pfizer vaccines since these require 2 to 8 degrees Celsius storage.
Bobis added that once the Pfizer vaccine is removed from the freezer, it has to be administered within six hours to maintain its efficacy.
He said Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center and the Provincial Health Office of La Union and Mariano Marcos Memorial Center in Batac, Ilocos Norte have the ultra-cold facility.
Meanwhile, the vaccine acceptability among the residents of Ilocos Region is “steadily increasing”.
Based on the latest DOH-CHD 1 data, 249,623 have been vaccinated out of which 67,062 have completed the second dose protocol (Jerick Pasiliao /Ahikam Pasion)
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