Task forces in Western Visayas have requested for additional allocation of coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center.
The request was contained in a resolution passed during the joint meeting of the Western Visayas Regional Inter-Agency Task Force and the Regional Task Force Against Covid-19 with local chief executives on June 15.
Christian Nagaynay, head secretariat of the RIATF, in a message yesterday, said that no specific volume was requested but the resolution manifested the sentiment of the task forces.
The resolution furnished to the Philippine News Agency, said that “most of the local government units in the region have already consumed the vaccines allocated to them and more are still waiting for more deliveries to be provided by the national government to resume its inoculation activities”.
“Public acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccines in the region is high as evidenced by thousands of residents flocking to vaccination centers daily to get inoculated,” it said.
The request was endorsed to the national IATF and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 for their approval.
The Iloilo City government has been appealing for more vaccine allocation as cases of Covid-19 increased and its supplies will only be enough until June 23.
The appeal was joined by business sectors, lawyers’ associations, religious sectors, the academe, and a group of physicians in Panay.
In addition, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aklan chapter also appealed for increased allocation to the province.
The business group, in a letter dated June 16, cited the surge in Covid-19 cases as the reason for asking for additional supplies.
“Both the Aklan provincial and the local government of Kalibo are prepared and have the necessary logistical and manpower capabilities to handle the inoculations as soon as the vaccines are made available,” the letter said.
Available data from the Regional Vaccination Operations Center showed that, as of June 6, the region had received 305,420 doses of both Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines for the first dose, and 274,291 doses were already utilized.
For the second dose, 188,220 doses were delivered to the region, and 91,366 have been utilized.
On June 15, additional 26,000 vials of Sinovac arrived in the region.
On June 17, Capiz and Negros Occidental received 2,340 doses and 1,950 vials of the Pfizer vaccines, respectively.*