BACOLOD CITY – A fresh batch of 6,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been delivered to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental on Tuesday.
This is the first shipment of the China-made vaccines sent by the national government to the city and the province for the month of May, and the fourth since April.
Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office (CHO), said the latest supply received by the city government will still be used for the first three priority sectors.
These include the target vaccinees who are frontline healthcare workers (A1), senior citizens (A2), and persons with comorbidities (A3).
The supply received by Negros Occidental are expected to be distributed to various local government units, where vaccination is ongoing for the same sectors.
Each vial of CoronaVac is equivalent to one dose.
“I call on the Bacolodnons to have yourselves vaccinated once the vaccines are available (in your sectors),” he said in an interview over Facebook messenger.
On April 30, some 23,500 vials of CoronaVac vaccines also arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Aiport, representing the third batch of the China-made vaccines to arrive in Negros Occidental and this capital city.
The supply consisted of 16,000 doses for Negros Occidental, and 7,500 doses for Bacolod City.
The second batch arrived on April 12, with Negros Occidental then receiving 11,400 vials while Bacolod was given 3,000 vials.
On April 6, both the province and the city also received 7,200 vials, of which 5,200 vials went to Negros Occidental while 2,000 vials were sent to Bacolod.
Aside from Sinovac, the European AstraZeneca has also been dispatched to the city and the province, wherein the latest shipment of 47,600 doses arrived on May 11.
Negros Occidental received an allocation of 3,080 vials or 30,800 doses, while Bacolod City was given 1,680 vials or 16,800 doses.
Each vial of AstraZeneca vaccine contains 10 doses.
The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines allocated for Negros Occidental and Bacolod City was sent by the Department of Health-Western Visayas on March 12, comprising of 386 vials, including 74 vials released to the Provincial Health Office and 312 vials, for the CHO here. (PNA)