THE provincial government of Negros Occidental is requesting 5,000 to 6,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the first two batches that arrived in the country.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said they have made the request through Senator Bong Go. Former Third District Representative and Provincial Consultant Alfredo Benitez, who is in close contact with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, is also doing his best to bring a share of AstraZeneca vaccine to the province.
"We hope to have the vaccines maybe next week or later," Lacson said.
He said the province has about 8,000 medical frontliners, including those from the hospitals run and managed by the provincial government and of some localities.
"We cannot say yet how much the national government will give us and what brand either Sinovac or AstraZeneca. We hope to get the initial to get the vaccination started," Lacson said.
Shipments of 600,000 doses of Sinovac and a total of more than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have already been delivered in the country.
According to reports, another 1 million doses of Sinovac are arriving in the country on March 25.