COVID-19

GenSan gears up for rollout of Sinovac booster jabs

BOOSTER SHOT. Department of Health-Region 12 and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel unload the cooler boxes that contain 2,666 doses of Sinovac vaccines upon arrival on Tuesday (March 30, 2021) at the cold storage hub at the General Santos City gymnasium in Barangay Lagao. The vaccines are intended for the second dose or booster shots of priority front line health care workers from six referral hospitals for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in the city. (Photo courtesy of the city government)   

GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The city government has started preparations for the inoculation of priority front line health care workers in the area with their second dose or booster shot of the Sinovac vaccines.

Dr. April Mae Maquilang, the national immunization program coordinator of the City Health Office, said Wednesday a total of 2,666 medical professionals and staff of six referral hospitals for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients will receive their second doses on April 5.

These are the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital, General Santos Doctor’s Hospital, Socsargen County Hospital, Mindanao Medical Center and GenSan Medical Center.

“This will complete the inoculation of our first batch of hospital front-liners,” she said in an interview.

Maquilang said the Department of Health-Region 12 (DOH-12) delivered on Tuesday the required vaccine doses to the cold storage hub at the city gymnasium in Barangay Lagao.

The agency also sent 1,456 Sinovac doses to South Cotabato, 745 to Sultan Kudarat, 401 to North Cotabato, and 275 to Sarangani.

She said they will follow the same process that was adopted for the initial vaccination from March 8 to 14.

Five of the vaccination sites are situated within the premises of the referral hospitals while one utilized a private gymnasium.

A total of 5,161 front line health workers in the city already received their first dose of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines based on a report released on Tuesday by the DOH-12.

Some 3,324 workers from 10 local hospitals were inoculated in the first and second batches from March 8 to 22.

An additional 1,837 health workers assigned in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, city isolation units, rural health units, and other community front line support units were vaccinated under the third and fourth batches from March 19 to 29.

The City Health Office listed some 2,079 eligible community health workers and rural health unit personnel who have yet to receive the vaccine.

(Richelyn Gubalani/PNA/SRNY/RSP) 

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