Saturday, September 25, 2021

Central Visayas receives additional vaccines

CENTRAL Visayas has received a total of 116,800 vials of Sinovac and 210 vials of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines on Wednesday morning, August 4, 2021, said Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) spokesperson.

Loreche said the allocation for Sinovac, which contains one dose per one vial, is still ongoing, while the 210 vials of Janssen will be allocated for the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the region.

Each vial of the Janssen vaccine contains two doses or can accommodate two vaccinees for their first dose.

Meanwhile, local health authorities continue to urge the public to have themselves vaccinated against Covid-19 if they are eligible as data in one hospital in Cebu showed that the majority of the reported Covid-19 related deaths involved unvaccinated individuals.

Dr. Gerardo Aquino, medical chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), said majority of the Covid-19 deaths in their hospital are those unvaccinated.

He said all the recorded five mortalities in their hospital as of July 28 were unvaccinated.

He said that while there are some of the cases admitted at VSMMC who have been fully vaccinated, most of those admitted are unvaccinated.

For instance, he said, of the 113 confirmed Covid-19 patients admitted in their hospital, 94 are unvaccinated.

"But the difference man gud kung bakunado ka, either asymptomatic ka or mild ra imong mga symptoms (compared to those unvaccinated. Naay big possibility nga you go to the either moderate, severe, or critical (if you’re unvaccinated)," the VSMMC medical chief said.

He then advised the public to get whatever vaccine is available since it is the "best" vaccine.

As of July 29, VSMMC's total census for Covid-19 cases is at 22 percent, while the remaining are the non-Covid cases.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, August 3, a total of 487,745 eligible individuals in the entire Cebu have already received their first dose of the vaccine, for those inoculated with the vaccine requiring two doses, while 281,884 others have already received complete doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and these already include those, mostly senior citizens, vaccinated with the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

Of these total doses administered from all public and private vaccination sites in Cebu, a total 273,360 have been administered in Cebu City, 153,912 in Mandaue City, 93,515 in Lapu-Lapu City, and 248,842 doses in Cebu Province. (WBS)


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