The provincial government of Negros Occidental has officially received 1,600 doses of Sinovac vaccines for health workers assigned in various hospitals within the province.
According to Provincial Incident Management Team and Negros Occidental COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force the vaccine is part of the 6,300 doses that was previously delivered to Bacolod City. The vaccine was picked up by the provincial government at the Bacolod City cold storage facility at 9AM, today, March 10, and was transferred to the provincial government cold storage facility at the Provincial Health Office.
Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, said that the vaccines will be deployed within a week to provincial government-run hospitals as the first priority, with the initial rollout taking place at Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital tomorrow, March 11.
A mass vaccination of frontliners will also take place in Cadiz District Hospital, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, and Valladolid District Hospital.
Aside from this initial delivery, the provincial government through Gov. Eugenio Lacson has also requested for the allocation of AstraZenca vaccines from the national government.
According to Lacson the provincial government has requested a total of 6,000 doses of AstraZeneca that was part of the donation from the COVAX Facility.
The governor said at least 8,600 healthcare workers are to be vaccinated against the deadly corona virus.