A TOTAL of 282,800 doses of vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) intended for the pediatric population or children aged 5-11 and other population groups arrived in Eastern Visayas Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

The vaccines include 182,800 doses of Pfizer for children, 20,000 doses of Sinovac, 30,000 doses of Moderna, and 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca.

“With the vaccination coverage of the region as a contributing factor to the de-escalation of our alert level status, we encourage the public to get vaccinated, especially the parents with kids aged 5-11 who are yet to receive their primary dose of the Pfizer vaccine for a strengthened community protection,” the Department of Health (DOH) in the region said.

According to DOH, direct deliveries were processed for the provinces of Western Samar, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, and Leyte, and the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc.

At least 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca, 10,000 doses of Moderna, and 20,000 doses of Pfizer were allocated to Western Samar; 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 21,000 doses of Pfizer for Northern Samar; 20,000 doses of Pfizer for Southern Leyte; 60,000 doses of Pfizer for Leyte; 20,000 of AstraZeneca and 10,000 doses of Moderna for Tacloban City; and 5,000 doses of Moderna for Ormoc.

In a statement, DOH said the allocation for the provinces of Biliran- with 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca, 5,000 doses of Moderna, and 10,000 doses of Pfizer, and Eastern Samar with 25,000 doses of Pfizer, were delivered to the regional health department for temporary storage.

The remaining 20,000 doses of Sinovac and 26,800 doses of the said Pfizer vaccines were transported to the cold storage facility for further distribution, it added. (SunStar Philippines)