BUTUAN CITY – The Caraga received more coronavirus vaccines Thursday, a huge boost to the free vaccination rollout as the region aims to administer a million doses soon.
In a statement Friday, the Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) said a total of 1,200 ampoules of Sputnik V (Component II), 6,045 vials of Pfizer and 56,000 vials of Sinovac vaccines arrived at the Bancasi Airport here via a Cebu Pacific flight.
“To ensure the vaccines’ integrity and standard temperature, after unloading from the cargo, the Sinovac and Gamaleya (Sputnik V) Component II vaccines were immediately transported to the cold-room storage facility of the region located in Doogan, Butuan City,” it said.
The Pfizer vaccine, which requires ultralow storage temperature, was directly delivered to the local government units with capabilities to store temperature-sensitive vaccines.
The latest data from DOH-13 as of Sept. 17 showed that a total of 747,332 doses of various vaccine brands had been administered in the region since the rollout started in March.
A total of 373,968 persons are fully vaccinated and 373,364 received their first dose.
With the arrival of more vaccines, health officials in the region encourage the public to help end the pandemic by getting vaccinated. (PNA)