DUMAGUETE CITY – A health official in Negros Oriental called on local government units (LGUs) to speed up the administration of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines as the province is lagging behind other areas in the inoculation drive against the pathogen.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, the health committee chair of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in a virtual presser Monday afternoon, admitted that Negros Oriental is already delayed in its vaccination rollout.
“Please, I am asking the LGUs through the city/municipal health offices to fast-track the giving of vaccines to the priority sectors as we are already delayed and we have to administer these soonest so we can request for additional vaccines,” she said in a mix of English and Cebuano dialect.
Other areas have already moved on to priority sectors A4 and A5 while Negros Oriental has just started with A2, or senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, she said.
As of May 3, Estacion said the province has received a total of 15,924 vaccines.
Of the number, 13,924 are for first and second dose allocations while 2,000 are for the first dose.
Data at the Provincial Health Office showed that a total of 7,625 people, mostly health workers and front-liners, have received the first dose, while 3,302 have already been vaccinated with the second dose, Estacion said.
Vaccination is now ongoing at the different health centers, catering to the next priority group, but Estacion admitted the province will soon run out of vaccines unless there is fresh delivery from the national government through the Department of Health in Region 7.
“Attention, LGUs. We are the lowest in consumption rate in the region. So I am encouraging the LGUs nga paspasan nato ang pagbakuna because kung di ta magpaspas, hinay pod ang pag-abot sa atong allocation (let us fast-track the vaccination process otherwise this will slow down our allocation),” she said. (PNA)