By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
More vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, will be arriving soon in Negros Occidental, according to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday.
Lacson said he recently had a meeting with the Department of Health (DOH), and they were assured of a steady supply of vaccines.
“They assured us that they’ll be sending more vaccines every two weeks,” Lacson said.
When asked if Negros Occidental will also receive the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Lacson said they have yet to receive an advise from the DOH if they will get a share of the expected three million doses which will arrive in the country in a few days time.
However, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. had already announced that each region of the country, including Western Visayas, will be receiving at least 100,000 doses of the single shot vaccine.
“We still don’t know if we’ve already been alloted the J&J vaccines, it might be that they’ll be prioritized for the National Capital Region,” he added.
Based on records released by the Provincial Health Office, since the beginning of July 19,645 doses of Sinovac jabs have already been administered with a utilization rate of 92 percent.
Of the 31 local government units, 13 have posted a 100 percent utilization rate./DGB, WDJ