The allocated batch of the donated CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has arrived in the region.
In a statement, the Bangsamoro health minister said 4,200 vials of Sinovac vaccines arrived on Thursday at the Cotabato Airport. Its arrival was welcomed by officials of the Ministry of Health and Maguindanao Provincial Health Office.
Dr. Amirel Usman, BARMM health minister, said the vaccines will be administered to 2,100 health personnel in the region.
The vaccination ceremony will be held on Friday, March 5, at the Integrated Provincial Health Office in Maguindanao.
Usman said this is for the first phase of the BARMM’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
Each health worker will receive two vaccine shots with a four-week interval from the first vaccination.
Usman emphasized that health workers in the region, who work both in public and private hospitals, including frontline workers in the ministries of social services, education, and local government, are the top priorities of the vaccination program.
Next are indigent senior citizens, Bangsamoro constituents, and uniformed personnel.
Usman, however, noted that this is still subject to change depending on prevailing situations.
“We have two types of COVID-19 vaccine – the one which can be stored in +2C to +8C refrigerator and the other can be stored in -70C. The challenge for Pfizer is, BARMM still has no capability to store -70C temperature right now,” he said.
Health workers, who are willing to get vaccinated, are advised to sign waivers. However, they also have the option if they prefer another Covid-19 vaccine such as Pfizer or AstraZeneca.
Usman, nevertheless, stressed that the available vaccine at the moment is the “best vaccine” for everyone, highlighting that the vaccination program is part of the government’s preventive measures against the virus.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday directed all generation companies and other power stakeholders in the country to ensure reliable and stable electric supply amid the government’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
In an advisory dated March 2, 2021, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi ordered power generation companies, as well as government-owned and -controlled corporations and private sector-operated generation facilities to undertake the following measures:
Ensure availability of generating facilities at the maximum dependable capacity
Compliance with the Grid Operating and Maintenance Program for 2021
Manage the water reservoir to have optimal production of hydroelectric power plants when they are most needed
Secure adequate fuel supplies and maintain reasonable fuel inventories
Arrange for back-up personnel in power plants and additional maintenance crew to assist in case of emergencies
Augment security forces in major power plant installations, as needed
Ensure that emergency response protocols and business continuity plans are updated to include utmost prioritization of COVID-19 vaccine cold storage facilities and healthcare facilities in cases of power outages
Provide necessary support for COVID-19 vaccine cold storage facilities and healthcare facilities installing their own back-up power supply, as needed
Coordinate with concerned local government units regarding the locations/stations of cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines
The DOE said the recently released advisory complements the earlier directive to the Distribution Utilities issued on February 16.
“The DOE is working non-stop to establish an uninterrupted supply of electricity services at the onset of the vaccine rollout by the end of Q1 of 2021. We have been meeting with the members of the energy family to fortify our strategies,” Cusi said.
MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of doses of CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Davao City on Tuesday as the government continues its vaccination campaign against the viral respiratory disease.
Some 12,000 doses of CoronaVac developed by Chinese firm Sinovac aboard an airplane arrived at the Davao International Airport around 6:45 a.m.
The COVID-19 vaccines were brought to the Department of Health Regional Office for storage.
Some 12,000 doses of SINOVAC vaccines for Covid-19 arrived at the Davao International Airport, Tuesday morning.These…
The city government said the first batch of vaccines will be used to vaccinate over 8,000 frontline workers, primarily those in the healthcare sector in Davao City and Tagum City.
The immunization will start on Friday at the Southern Philippines Medical Center where 3,000 healthcare workers will be first inoculated.
Of these number, around 150 frontliners are expected to receive the vaccine on the first day of the vaccination.
SPMC officer-in-charge Dr. Ricardo Audan, Davao City COVID-19 focal person Dr. Ashley Lopez, and DOH regional director Annabelle Yumang will be among those to be vaccinated in the city. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)
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