Saturday, July 24, 2021

3,000 senior citizens get Covid-19 jabs

MORE than 3,000 senior citizens in Baguio City have received the Covid-19 vaccines.

Cecile Agpawa, risk communications team head of the Baguio City Health Services Office (BCHSO), said although this is still far from their target, some district health services units have already finished the first dose of inculcation for registered senior citizens.

“Since April 21 when we started the vaccination process for senior citizens in Baguio City, 3,091 have actually been vaccinated, but our target in the city to be vaccinated is 22,000. There are upcoming inoculation schedules to be released by the BCHSO and hopefully, we can administer this to all the 22,000 senior citizens that have been registered,” Agpawa said.

BCHSO will strictly follow the administration of the same vaccines used for the first dose.

“We are strictly following any protocol or memo coming from the national office so if a recipient has been vaccinated with Sinovac for the first dose, the recipient will have to receive the same for the second dose same with those who have been vaccinated with Astra Zeneca for the first dose to also be vaccinated with Astra Zeneca for the second dose,” the BCHSO official said.

BCHSO said the interval of inoculation for the first dose and second dose of Sinovac is from 28 to 32 days, while Astra Zeneca would require up to 12 weeks.

“If I am not mistaken, we were targeting around 6,000 health workers before plus the senior citizens and we have given the vaccines to 1,661 individual recipients categorized under A-3 or persons with comorbidities. So, more or less, there have been 10,000 individuals in Baguio City that have been vaccinated. The actual target that we would like to reach is at 190,000 individuals,” Agpawa added.

BCHSO reiterated that in as much as it would want to vaccinate all qualified recipients, it could not do so as the number of vaccines to be administered is dependent on the number of registered vaccine recipients that arrive for Baguio City’s use.


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