ILOILO CITY – More than one million individuals belonging to Priority Group A in Western Visayas have been identified as eligible for vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of May 1, a report from the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) here said.
Dr. Bea Camille F. Natalaray, section head of the integrated non-communicable diseases prevention and control program of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD), said 1.2 million individuals in the region have been included in the masterlist composed of 127,889 health care workers (HCWs); 702,994 senior citizens; 39,718 adults with comorbidities; 11,618 uniformed personnel and essential workers; and 308,406, indigent people.
Natalaray said during Monday’s virtual presser that masterlisting is being done to give these individuals time for counseling.
Those who have a schedule on vaccination day have to sign an informed consent and for health screening, she said, “although we emphasize that vaccination is voluntary”.
Natalaray, who heads the demand generation team for Covid-19 vaccination, said 54,472 of the healthcare workers in Western Visayas have received their first dose while 17,731 have availed of full vaccination.
For the senior citizens or priority Group A2, a total of 5,409 have availed of their first dose. Except for Guimaras, all provinces and highly urbanized cities in the region have rolled out their inoculation for the elderly.
Out of the 39,718 persons masterlisted in Priority A3 or those with comorbidities, 668 have been vaccinated following its rollout in the region.
“Once we are done with our priority group A2 and A3, then we can already proceed with our A4 personnel who are essential workers,” she said.
Natalaray hopes that Western Visayas can contribute to the country’s 70 percent vaccination goal to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.
She said the vaccination efforts, however, are dependent on the allocation that will arrive in the region. The local government units (LGUs), she said, are also doing their best to provide available vaccines to target priority groups.
The RVOC data showed that of the 60,980 vials that were allocated as of April 14, 2021, the total consumption was already at 99.29 percent or equivalent to 60,549 inoculated individuals.
On May 1, Western Visayas received an additional 99,200 vials of Sinovac vaccines. (PNA)