Only medical frontliners receiving 2nd dose to be inoculated May 10-12

THE Cebu City Government will accommodate only health care workers who will be getting their second injection of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine next week.

All the more than 9,000 Sinovac vaccines allocated to the City the past week have been used up.

Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, City Health Department officer-in-charge, said that while waiting for the next delivery from the Department of Health (DOH) 7, they will use the time to inoculate health care workers, or those who belong to Priority Code A1, with the second dose.

Based on the calendar of activities of the Vaccine Advisory Board (VAB), the City will be injecting the second dose on Monday, May 10, 2021, until Wednesday, May 12, at the University of Cebu Banilad campus and the Robinsons Galleria.

The vaccine site at SM Seaside City Cebu will be closed until the City resumes administering the first dose.

Ibones said the VAB targets to inoculate around 1,000 medical workers daily.

City Councilor David Tumulak, one of the cluster heads of VAB, reminded vaccinees to bring their vaccination card and identification card.

He also reminded them to wear proper protective gear like face mask and face shield.

He said vaccinees should go to the vaccine sites where they received their first dose.

Ibones said the City will accommodate individuals for the first dose once the DOH 7 delivers the next set of vaccines.

“We only rely on the DOH for our allocation,” said Ibones.

On May 1, the City received more than 9,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines from the DOH 7.

Those were used to inoculate medical workers, senior citizens (Priority Code A2) and persons with comorbidities (Priority Code A3).

Ibones, though, was not able to provide data on the breakdown of those who were inoculated since the City started its vaccine rollout. (JJL)