200 Sputnik second doses left unclaimed — CHD 

By: Dyrecka Letigio - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | October 07,2021 - 04:52 PM
200 SPUTNIK SECOND DOSES LEFT UNCLAIMED. In photo is the red vaccinations rooms in Cebu City for Sputnik V.

Red vaccination rooms in Cebu City for Sputnik V. | Photo Courtesy of Cebu City PIO

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Health Department (CHD) said there were remaining second doses of the Russian Gamalea vaccines yet unclaimed by residents. 

The city government has inoculated a total of 5,100 individuals with the Sputnik vaccines last June to July 2021, and recently they have finally released the second dose. 

The second dose was administered from September 23 to 25, 2021 at two sites in the city, University of Cebu J. Alcantara and NOAH. 

However, the CHD still has remaining 200 Sputnik second doses left that have yet to be administered. 

Doctor Jeffrey Ibones, the officer-in-charge of the CHD, said they were simply waiting for these individuals because the doses were of the second component of the vaccine and could not be administered as a first dose to someone else. 

It is not clear if the Sputnik V’s second component has an expiry date, but the vaccine is known to easily degrade especially with exposure to sunlight, which is why once a vial is opened, it must be administered immediately. 

“Wala ta kahibaw nganong wala sila nibalik, basin nasakit sila or nilarga,” said Ibones. 

For those who still needs the second dose of the Sputnik V, they are encouraged to go the University of Cebu J. Alcantara Campus, where dedicated inoculation rooms are available for Sputnik V. 

They are encouraged to get the second jab now since they may not be able to enjoy the privileges of fully vaccinated individuals in the city. 

The city government recently tightened its vaccine bubble allowing only fully vaccinated individuals to enjoy services such as indoor dining, sports venues, indoor tourist attractions, personal services establishments, and most especially bars and liquor establishments.

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