A TOTAL of 161,330 Covid-19 vaccines composed of three brands arrived on Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2021.
The vaccines were transported to the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as Davao International Airport, around 4 p.m. via commercial flight.
Based on the breakdown provided by the Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-Davao), through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the region received a total allocation of 132,000 AstraZeneca vaccines, 80 doses of Sinovac, and a total of 29,250 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech.
DOH-Davao information officer Yasuy Avila said the 20,000 doses will be allocated for the second dose of the Priority Group A1 or the healthcare workers, while the 56,000 doses will be for the first and second doses of Priority Group A2 or senior citizens.
Yasuy said out of the 56,000 doses, 21,000 will be allocated to Davao City, 8,000 to Davao de Oro, 11,000 to Davao del Norte, 7,000 to Davao del Sur, 3,000 to Davao Occidental, and 6,000 to Davao Oriental.
Meanwhile, this is the first batch of Pfizer vaccine allocated by the National Government to the region since it was delivered to the Philippines on Monday night, May 10, 2021.
A total of 193,050 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine were donated through the Covax Facility.
Covax is a global initiative that aims to ensure the poorer nations gain access to the vaccines.
Unlike Astrazeneca and Sinovac, the Pfizer vaccine, which requires an ultra low storage temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, were stored at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
Avila said they have not yet received a definite date on the arrival of the next batches of vaccines.
As of May 11, out of the total 84,692 individuals in the region under A1, 64,034 were already given the first dose, while 20,768 already received their second dose.
According to their updated masterlist, a total of 353,268 senior citizens (A2), and 55,125 A3 or persons with comorbidities not otherwise included in the preceding categories were already enlisted for the vaccine rollout.
"Ongoing gihapon atong masterlisting sa nagkalain-laing LGU [local government unit] (There is still an ongoing masterlisting in our different LGUs)," Avila said.