BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is fast-tracking the vaccination of its 2,960 health workers assigned at 11 district hospitals, with 699 already inoculated as of March 16.
Of the 699 inoculated health workers, 679 availed of Sinovac vaccines, and 20 others, who are above 60 years old, were vaccinated with Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said yesterday.
Records of the Covid-19 Bakuna Center Registrry Quick Counts show that 2,590 health workers are being targeted for Sinovac vaccination and 370 for AstraZeneca. The provincial government of Negros Occidental had already received 5,180 vaccines from the national government, as of March 13.
Inoculated with Sinovac vaccines were 268 health workers assigned at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City – 247. Lorenzo D Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City – 92, Valladolid District Hospital – 62,Merceditas J Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City – 10.
Twenty other senior citizen health workers at the LDZDH in Kabankalan City also availed of AstraZeneca vaccines, Tumimbang said.
A total of 2,489 health workers assigned at the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center (COVAC), Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Covid-19 vaccine center, Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center Inc Bakuna Center and South Bacolod South General Hospital Bakuna Center were also vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines, the CBCR Daily Quick Count report also said.
All over Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, 3,188 health workers have been vaccinated as of March 16, the report added.
Tumimbang said vaccines were already delivered to government hospitals in the north and south portions of Negros Occidental Tuesday, and he expects an increase in the number of vaccinated medical frontliners in the next few days.
Negros Occidental has been allocated 740 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, which will be availed of by 370 health workers, who are receiving two doses each.
Tumimbang stressed the need for the second doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to be administered on May 2021, to beat the expiration dates, while Sinovac vaccine doses should be administered immediately after 28 days.*