THE Iloilo provincial government is on track in its Covid-19 vaccination program.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. said in a press briefing with the Capitol press on Thursday, June 10, 2021, that the vaccines coming from the national government are immediately deployed to the 42 municipalities and one component city and to the 13 provincial government-run hospitals.
The Iloilo provincial government has its own Bakuna Center at the West Visayas State University (WVSU) Cultural Center.
Defensor said the vaccines are equitably distributed to the local government units (LGUs).
“We have devised an equitable formula of distribution to our LGUs so that no one will be left out,” he stressed.
“Right now we depend on the allocation sent to us by the national government, but rest assured all of our LGUs have their equitable share of the vaccines,” Defensor added.
He, however, lamented that recently the vaccines allocated to Iloilo province was reduced as the Department of Health (DOH) prioritized the LGUs in NCR plus to address the surge in Covid-19 cases in the area.
Iloilo Provincial Health Office (Ipho) chief Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon said, Iloilo province has so far received 98,972 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the national government.
It was early March of this year when the province started inoculating priority sectors A1 (medical workers), A2 and A3 (seniors citizens and persons with comorbidities). It also administered the vaccines to some individuals under category A4 (frontline personnel from the essential sector).
Data from the Ipho show that as of June 9, 2021, a total of 20,443 individuals have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines.
Of the said total number, 1,644 were vaccinated with Aztra Zeneca while 18,799 received Sinovac vaccines.
Meanwhile, a total of 69,134 individuals have received their first dose with 34,586 receiving AztraZeneca and 34,548 receiving Sinovac.
Defensor said the vaccination roll out in the province is simultaneously conducted as long as the vaccines are available. (PR)