THE vaccination team of the Department of Health (DOH)-Eastern Visayas has continued its rollout of the bivalent Pfizer vaccines against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the region.

At least 154 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and jail officers, identified as A1.7 population, received their first to third booster doses on August 15, 2023, at the Leyte Regional Prison (LRP) in Abuyog, Leyte, as part of facility-based inoculation by the National Government “to update the protection of various at-risk population.”

“Pursuant to the Department Memorandum No. 2023-0256 signed by Secretary Teodoro Herbosa, the Bivalent Covid-19 vaccines are now made available as a first, second and third booster dose for individuals aged 18 years old and above belonging to priority groups A1, A2, A3, and now, A1.1-A1.9, A2.1, A2.2, and Expanded A3, at least four to six months after inoculation with their latest Covid-19 vaccine dose,” DOH in the region said.

As of August 14, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases is at 65,652 with total recoveries at 64,949 (98.93 percent) and total deaths at 697 (1.06 percent).

This brings the total active cases to 6 (0.01 percent).

A total of six new cases were recorded from August 7-August 13, out of 489 laboratory test results.

Meanwhile, DOH-Eastern Visayas said there is no severe and critical case admitted in the region’s hospitals due to Covid-19.

Out of 49 intensive care unknit (ICU) beds intended for patients with Covid-19, 1 (2.04 percent) are occupied, while 18.57 percent of 1,018 non-ICU Covid-19 beds are currently being used.

“Continued awareness and adherence to recommended health protocols are paramount to safeguarding ourselves and our communities from any potential health risks,” the health department said. (SunStar Philippines)