ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas is still waiting for the final advisory on the availability of vaccines intended for economic workers, or those belonging to the A4 priority group in the region.
Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, medical officer IV of the Department of Health-Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD), said the available vaccines for the region are intended for priority groups A1 to A3.
These priority groups are composed of front line healthcare workers, senior citizens and adults with comorbidities.
“For now, the A4 vaccination starts in NCR (National Capital Region) plus eight other areas. Currently, we still wait for allocation from the central office for our A4 (group) because our current allocation is allotted for A1 to A3,” she said in a virtual presser Monday.
Based on report from the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC), Natalaray said as of June 5, the region vaccinated 90,975 out of the 130,067 masterlisted under A1; 83,754 out of 788,846 for A2, and 66,025 out of the 132,363 masterlisted for the A3 priority group.
Of the 244,623 vaccinated with their first dose under the priority group A, 123,640 received Sinovac vaccines, and 120,983 got the AstraZeneca.
Further, 71,548 individuals already received their second dose.
Meanwhile, the intensified campaign to address vaccine hesitation in the region is being pushed as cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are increasing.
In a previous presser, Natalaray said the low turnout of vaccination, especially for barangay health care workers (BHCWs) and barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs), was attributed to their fear of side effects and misconceptions circulated by anti-vaccine groups.
Also, there was an increased deferral to Covid-19 cases and exposure.
The increased cases also led to implementation of strict quarantine measures thus restricting movement. (PNA)