THE Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-Barmm) has allocated 30,000 doses of single-shot Janssen vaccine to the province of Tawi-Tawi as part of the preemptive measures against the Delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country.
The MOH-Barmm said in a statement Sunday, July 25, that the single-dose Janssen jabs will be rolled out to the municipalities of Sitangkai, Turtle Islands, and Mapun, being border island towns Tawi-Tawi with Malaysia and some islands of Indonesia.
“This is primarily aimed at strengthening border control measures to prevent entry of the most dreaded Delta variant from these neighboring countries, especially Indonesia, which has already become the new epicenter of virus surpassing India.” The MOH-Barmm said.
The Janssen vaccines arrived in Tawi-Tawi Monday, July 19, a day before the feast of Eid’l Adha.
The deployment of the single-dose vaccine to the province was a great gift to the netizens as they celebrated the feast of Hajj.
Dr. Sangkula Laja, provincial health officer and chief of Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital, said the allocation of the single-shot vaccine was based on the master list and population, specifically for A1, A2, and A3 groups, which began Friday, July 23.
Laja said almost 8,000 individuals have already been vaccinated out of the total 213,776 target population for the province of Tawi-Tawi.
“In the past months, very limited doses were allotted to Tawi-Tawi. So far, this is the first time that we received substantial doses that can accommodate 30,000 people, most especially, those in the border Island municipalities of Sitangkai, Turtle Island and Mapun Island,” Laja said.
“We give preference to these three border municipalities in a bid to prevent entry of Covid-19 virus, especially the Delta Variant, which already devastated Indonesia in terms of death,” he added. (SunStar Zamboanga)