BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental is getting 34,000 additional doses of Sinovac vaccine this week, even as the provincial government is targeting to inoculate 5,000 Negrenses with the Pfizer vaccines until July 2, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.
Diaz said that the Department of Health and Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson are happy over the results of the vaccination rollout in Negros Occidental, as DOH responded by sending more vaccines to the province.
About 1,000 residents from Silay, Talisay, and Hinigaran, majority of them indigent senior citizens, availed of Pfizer vaccines at the Negros Residences and Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital vaccination centers.
The vaccination rollout using the Pfizer vaccines started yesterday, and Diaz said they expect to complete the inoculation this Friday, with 50 percent of the 11,700 doses to be kept for the second dose of the vaccinees, including the provincial government employees.
The DOH reported yesterday the arrival of one million more doses of Sinovac vaccine, bringing to 6.5 million the doses delivered to the country this month.
The first batch of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, composed of 249,000 doses, also arrived in the country Sunday night.
Diaz said the province is expected to get a share of the Moderna vaccines.
He said he is not aware yet of the date of delivery, but the province is ready to receive the supply, and prepared ultra low freezers for its storage.*