Vaccination for medical facility workers continues today in Cebu City

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | April 08,2021 - 02:41 PM

A Cebu City medical facility worker had his vital signs checked before the actual inoculation of Sinovac vaccines. | Photo courtesy of the Cebu City Information Office

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The vaccination for medical facility workers in Cebu City has continued today with the arrival of 2,700 additional doses of Sinovac vaccines.

Doctor Jeffrey Ibones, the City Health Acting Officer, told CDN Digital that as of noon on April 8, 2021, there have been at least 500 workers vaccinated at the city’s two vaccination sites.

Robinsons Galleria is the site for south district workers while the University of Cebu Banilad Campus is the site for north district employees.

The additional 2,700 doses will be distributed in three to four days to the workers who have registered for the program, which totaled 6,500 as of Thursday.

The vaccination for medical facility workers in Cebu City has continued today with the arrival of 2,700 additional doses of Sinovac vaccines

Ibones said that after 3,000 workers have been inoculated in the first and second distribution in the past weeks, 3,500 more needs to be vaccinated.

The current doses are not enough though, but he said the city will continue to ask the Department of Health for doses while waiting for its own procurement of the vaccines.

Despite limited doses, Ibones encouraged workers in medical facilities to register because City Health will find ways to get vaccines for them.

The vaccination of health care workers is being fast-tracked as well because the Sputnik and AstraZeneca vaccines for the city’s senior citizens will be arriving soon.

Although plans have not been finalized yet for the roll-out, Ibones said they may have to temporarily stop the inoculation of medical facility workers to focus on the senior citizen roll-out.

This, of course, is still not final as City Health’s distribution will depend on the available brands of vaccines.

Since vaccines have a limited period of time for distribution, City Health will distribute to any group the vaccine can be inoculated to.

If Sinovac, which cannot be inoculated to senior citizens, is available, they will have to distribute these as soon as possible.

The city’s vaccine board is now busy preparing for these different scenarios once the Sputnik and AstraZeneca vaccines arrive next week. /rcg

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TAGS: AstraZeneca, Cebu City, Doctor Jeffrey Ibones, medical facility workers, senior citizens, Sinovac vaccines, Sputnik, vaccination

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