36,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine delivered to CAR

36,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine delivered to CAR

By Carlito C. Dar

DOH – CAR Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in the weekly Kapihan Sa Baguio media forum today, gives update on COVID – 19 regional situation and the accomplishments of the national vaccination program in Cordillera. (CCD/PIA CAR)

BAGUIO CITY, May 12 (PIA) – – The Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) reported that 36,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to the Cordillera  Administrativbe Region(CAR)  this week.

These  will be used  for the second dose of  individuals   vaccinated  with the  first tranche of AstraZeneca  allocated to the region  and for the first dose  of  the   remaining unvaccinated eligible population from priority  gtoups  A1 (frontline health workers), A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (adults with co-morbidities).

RVOC data show    there are 10,313 frontline workers  who received their first dose last March and   are already eligible for   their second dose after the 10 to 12 weeks interval.

For the new AstraZeneca allocation, the RVOC   clarified that   per guidelines of the National Vaccination Operations Center, 12,000 doses are allocated to Baguio City, and the rest to be divided among the provinces. 3,020 doses will be allocated each to Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga and Mountain Province while Abra and Ifugao will receive 3,040 doses each.

Dr. Ruby Constantino, Department of Health – Cordillera (DOH – CAR) Director and Regional RVOC chairperson, advised city VOCs and health offices to learn from the challenges encountered during the initial rollout of the vaccination and to work for a faster and more efficient deployment and vaccination.

Constantino also reminded  that since the new doses of AstraZeneca vaccines are part of the 2,030,400 doses from the COVAX Facility that  the country received last May 8,these  are solely for the inoculation of  Priority Groups A1, A2 and A3.

For the COVID – 19 vaccination in CAR,    1,000 vials (10,000 doses) of AstraZeneca and 38,100 Coronavac Sinovac doses were earlier allocated for the first dose of eligible population from priority groups A1, A2 and A3.

As of May 10 data, there are already 45,790 eligible population of frontline healthcare workers. senior citizens and adults with co-morbidities inoculated with their first dose of COVID – 19 vaccines, of which 35,477 received Sinovac and 10,313 for AstraZeneca.

 There are already 6,141 eligible population  who got their  first shot  of  COVID – 19 vaccines  in Abra;  4,351 in Apayao; 17,428 in Baguio City; 5,089 in Benguet; 3,712 in Ifugao; 4,567 in Kalinga, and 4,502 in Mountain Province.

The RVOC data also show there are   17,619 eligible population from priority groups A1, A2 and A3 who are already vaccinated with their second dose of Sinovac vaccine. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)