AT LEAST 57 were inoculated with the second batch of Sinovac vaccines allocated for rural health units (RHUs) and quarantine facilities in San Carlos City on April 8, 2021.
The local government of San Carlos City through its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Vaccine Cluster allocated 198 vials of Sinovac vaccines for the said batch.
City Health Officer and Vaccine Cluster Vice Chair Dr. Arniel Laurence Portuguez, Vaccine Cluster Deputy Vice Chair Dr. Jessa Tiapon and Dr. Virgilio Tan Jr. were among those inoculated together with other rural health and quarantine facility workers.
Vaccines were administered by Nurses Rommel Valderrama, Marie Astrid Belangel and Merlie Franco.
Tiapon said next on the list will be the Category A like the Emergency Response Team and staff of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, barangay health workers, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams and other essential workers in private institutions, including clinics, diagnostic centers and laboratory staff and pharmacists.
Tiapon added that if there are still extra vaccines, hospital workers who weren not catered to during the first rollout will be included.
Eddie Lobaton Jr., public cemetery caretaker, was grateful to be among those vaccinated. He said he is confident he has protection from the virus risks now. He also encourage others to have the said vaccine.
Target for the complete utilization of vaccines will be on Monday and Tuesday.
A total of 568 Sinovac vaccines have been allotted to the city from the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental.
City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo was among those who witnessed the activity held at the community-based rehab facility. (PR)