The provincial government of Negros Occidental officially received a total of 1,950 vials of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines against COVID-9 yesterday, June 17.
The vaccines arrived at Bacolod-Silay Airport via a Cebu Pacific passenger plane from Manila a little past 8AM, yesterday.
Half of the vaccines were immediately transported to the ultra low cold sotrage facility in Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, while the remaining 50% was forwarded at the provincial government storage facility in Provincial Capitol.
It’s the first time for the provincial government to receive a portion of the Pfizer vacciness that was part of the donation from the COVAX global facility.
Each vial of the Pfizer vaccine is equivalent to six doses, which can inoculate up to 11,700 Negrenses, according to Provincial Incident Management Team Chief Zeaphard Caelian.
The delivery comes as Gov. Eugenio Lacson issued a memorandum to all local chief executives in the province to speed up the inoculation in all 31 towns and cities in the province as more vaccines arrive in the province.
The memorandum orders the mayors, health officers in the province to prepare the venue, vaccinators, and vaccination team.
A simultaneous 3-day vaccination rollout also started yesterday and will run until this weekend. Nearly 3,000 vaccines were transported to different local government units in the province as of June 17.