THE Department of Health (DOH) will be allocating another 2,500 doses of Sinovac vaccines for Cagayan de Oro this week, Acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said on Monday, April 12.
According to Nery, the 2,500 doses are taken from the reserved Sinovac vaccines that were supposedly intended as second doses.
"Kung mahihumduman nato, naay niabot nga 24,000 doses of Sinovac initially declared good for 12,000 individuals or vaccinees," Nery said.
"Ang katong reserved for the second dose of this batch will be given out as first dose kay within the week, there will be another batch of Sinovac vaccine nga moabot sa Region 10 (Northern Mindanao)," she added.
Nery said they will be opening three vaccination sites this week for the vaccination rollout of the 2,500 doses. These sites are the JR Borja General Hospital, City Health Office main, and a vaccination site in Cugman.
The acting city health officer added that the additional allocated vaccines are expected to cover the remaining frontline healthcare workers who have not yet received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
From April 8 to 10, a total of 820 from the second group of frontline medical workers have received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine.
Of the figure, 512 were vaccinated in the City Health Office, 192 were in JR Borja General Hospital, and 116 were in Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).
Meanwhile, as of Saturday, April 10, out of the 4,694 frontline healthcare workers belonging to the first group and who already got their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, 4,380 have received their second dose.
Based on the city's masterlist, there are a total of 10,500 eligible vaccinees in Cagayan de Oro, 7,103 of which have been vaccinated with the first dose.
Of the 7,103 frontline healthcare workers, 4,694 were given the Sinovac vaccine, while 2,409 were vaccinated with AstraZeneca.