According to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7, only 51% of the health workers have been vaccinated. The DOH 7 spokesperson, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, said that of the 131,781 medical frontliners qualified to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, only 67,662 of them were inoculated. In Negros Oriental, the Provincial DOH is ready to move to the next priory sector for vaccination.
Central Visayas Vaccinated!
Out of 131,781 health workers, only 51.3% received the vaccination. Last Tuesday, April 6, DOH Central Visayas vaccinated 2,414 medical frontliners. Of 67,662 medical workers inoculated, 3.9% (2,610) have received the second dose for the COVID-19 vaccine. From the 2,610 health workers who got the second dose, 213 are from Bohol, 160 from Negros Oriental, 1,782 from Cebu City, 69 from Lapu-Lapu City, and 386 from Mandaue City.
The DOH 7 reported 463 individuals who experienced adverse effects after being vaccinated with CoronaVac and 1,106 individuals after they were vaccinated with AstraZeneca. Dr. Loreche said all were mild cases.
Those who have received the second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 have not received any reports of adverse effects as of April 6. As of April 6, Loreche said Central Visayas received 119,760 doses of Covid-19 vaccine—89,760 doses of CoronaVac vaccine and 30,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
Seniors Next in Line for Vaccination in Negros Oriental
According to the Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, they are now ready to move on to the next priority sector for the coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination. Dr. Estacion mentioned during a virtual press briefing that she has given instructions to the rural health units, municipal and city health offices to prepare their respective lists of senior citizens who will receive the vaccination.
We already started giving the second dose of the vaccines to the front-liners who received the Sinovac last March 4,” Dr. Estacion said.
A total of 6,043 healthcare workers in Negros Oriental have received the first dose of vaccines so far, comprising almost half of the province’s estimated 13,000 front-liners from both private and government hospitals,” she added.
The Provincial Health Office received in three separate batches some 11,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac and AstraZeneca vaccines last March, but supply has already run out. The office did not receive the new batch of supplies from the national government. Moreover, the remaining vaccines on hand are already reserved for the second dose for front liners. According to Dr. Estacion, once the new shipment of vaccines arrives, they will roll out the next priority sector for inoculation.