Friday, August 06, 2021

Ormoc gets Pfizer vaccines for pilot rollout in Eastern Visayas

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THE City Government of Ormoc received on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, a total of 1,170 doses of Pfizer vaccines for the pilot implementation in Eastern Visayas.

“Following a stringent evaluation by the central and regional offices of the DOH (Department of Health), the City Health Office (CHO) of Ormoc City, together with Mayor Richard Gomez, this is the first time that the region will be implementing an ultra-Low vaccination as per the sensitive handling requirements of Pfizer vaccines,” said the DOH-Eastern Visayas on choosing Ormoc for the pilot implementation.

“They have seen our preparation and inoculation structure is well laid out. As our people have experienced in our ongoing vaccination that our system is flawless, thus, the confidence in the Pfizer rollout in Ormoc City,” Gomez said in a statement.

The vaccines will be for the remaining eligible population for workers in frontline health services, senior citizens, and adults with comorbidities.

According to the regional health department, the National Task Force against Covid-19 Vaccine Cluster identified Ormoc as the pilot implementer of the Pfizer vaccine inoculation “in consideration of cold chain capacity requirements due to its cold chain facility located at the Ormoc City Superdome and the presence of an adequate vaccination team where the CHO converged into one big team its 8 vaccination teams, respectively.”

“This marks another milestone for the intensified vaccination activities in the region and gives a promising reinforcement to the vaccination program and advocacy efforts in Eastern Visayas,” said the DOH-Eastern Visayas.

It added that the region is expecting additional allocation of Pfizer vaccines in the coming weeks.

“As the fight against Covid-19 continues and with the presence of an additional vaccine option in the region, the agency still emphasizes that the best vaccine remains to be the one available,” the regional health department said.

As of Wednesday, June 23, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases was at 27,498, with total recoveries at 24,485 (89.04 percent), total deaths at 371 (1.35 percent), and total active cases at 2,642 (9.61 percent). (SunStar Philippines)


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