Cebu City willing to outsource logistics for Pfizer vaccines

THE Cebu City Government is willing to outsource the logistics of the Pfizer vaccines in case the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas will deliver doses of it to the city.

Cebu City Health Department officer-in-charge Jeffrey Ibones said the logistics for the Pfizer vaccines would not be a major concern since the DOH-Central Visayas office is within the city.

“We don’t have a problem with that (storage) since the DOH office, the storage, is very near. We don’t have to worry about that,” said Ibones in Cebuano.

Based on the preliminary meeting on May 12, 2021, Ibones said the DOH-Central Visayas mentioned the inoculation using the Pfizer vaccines will be done at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and Chong Hua Hospital for those under the Project Balik Buhay program.

Ibones said it is still undetermined if the City Government can distribute such a brand of vaccine at its vaccine sites.

He said another meeting will be held on Friday, May 14, to finalize the Pfizer vaccine distribution.

Ibones, meanwhile, said the DOH-Central Visayas is set to deliver around 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Cebu City.

There are no specific details yet when they will be delivered, but Ibones hoped they will arrive in the city over the weekend so the City can resume the inoculation for the first doses by next week.

Ibones said the 20,000 doses will be divided into two for the rollout of the second doses.

The City has suspended again the inoculation for the first doses last week after more than 9,000 Sinovac vaccines were all used in just a week.

Since Monday, May 10, the City only accommodated recipients for the second dose. (JJL)