By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, said yesterday that they have yet to receive any information regarding the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech.
According to Diaz, he has not yet received the report coming from Provincial Consultant on Economic Affairs Alfredo Benitez, who had stated before that the Department of Health will soon inform them as to when the vaccines will arrive.
However, Diaz said even if the arrival of the Sinovac vaccines will be delayed, they are now expecting the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccines by the third week of March.
As to which vaccines will arrive first, Diaz said they have already finished making their preparations, particularly the cold storage that would be used and the system that would be implemented in the distribution of vaccines to the medical frontliners.
He also admitted that there are still a number of individuals who are still having second thoughts about getting vaccinated, however Benitez already pointed out that the vaccines acquired by the provincial government are safe.
Earlier, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson revealed that at least 8,600 heath workers in the province will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Aside from the provincial government’s order of 100,000 doses from AstraZeneca, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also announced that they will be receiving Sinovac vaccines coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.
Last Monday, the national government started the rollout of the Sinovac vaccine in major government hospitals in Metro Manila.
At least 700 medical staff from various participating hospitals were inoculated with the vaccine, with only a few people reported to have minor allergic reactions such as rashes, and slight dizziness./DGB, WDJ