MEDICAL workers employed in level 3 private hospitals in Cebu City will be among the next priority for the Covid-19 inoculations, a health official said on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Department of Health (DOH) 7 spokesperson and chief pathologist Mary Jean Loreche said healthcare workers in Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital,
University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed), Perpetual Succour Hospital, Visayas Community Medical Center, and Southwestern University Medical Center will be included in the next vaccinations as 17,480 additional doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Cebu on Friday.
Aside from these Cebu City hospitals, the vaccines will be distributed to the level 3 private and government-run hospitals in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, Loreche said.
Level 3 hospitals are those that have hundreds of beds, a highly specialized staff and are fully equipped.
The additional Sinovac vaccines were immediately brought to the DOH 7 Cold Room upon arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport for sorting, inventory, and matching of the masterlist and allocation list before their distribution to the different hospitals.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, in a statement, said the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City, Bohol will be allocated 8,440 doses while the Silliman University Medical Center Foundation Inc. in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental will get 1,200 doses.
Loreche said based on the DOH 7 list, approximately 60,000 doses would be needed to vaccinate all healthcare workers in the region including those working in level 1 and infirmary hospitals.
The vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech is called CoronaVac.