Bacolod to receive Pfizer share from Covax

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Bacolod City is expecting a delivery of additional COVID vaccines, this time from Pfizer, after it fully consumed the AstraZenca vaccines during its mass vaccination rollout that started last week.

In an interview over dyEZ, Aksyon Radyo, Bacolod Emergency Operations Center chair and City Administrator Em Ang confirmed that at least 5,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in the city. But Ang did not mention a definite timeframe as to when these additional vaccines are arriving.

Currently, the city is continuing its mass vaccination in 2 major malls in Bacolod and various barangays using the remaining Sinovac vaccines.

In a press briefing yesterday, May 19, the Department of Health said that it will implement a policy in which local governments will not announce the brand of COVID-19 doses that they will roll out in vaccination sites following an incident in Manila and Parañaque where crowd trooped to vaccination sites to avail of the Pfizer vaccine.

The Philippines received last May 10 the first 193,050 doses of donated Pfizer vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility. These additional Pfizer vaccines will be used on priority groups A1 to A3, who will be receiving the first dose of these vaccines. 

The initial doses of 193,050 would be used to test the logistics needed to store and transport the vaccines, according to DOH. Aside from these donation, the Philippines also ordered 40 million doses from Pfizer, with the term sheet signed by Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez last May 17.

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