BUTUAN CITY, April 8 (PIA) -- At least 18,000 members of the priority sectors in Caraga region will be receiving jabs for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with the third batch of vaccines having arrived in the city on Wednesday, April 7.
The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga received 30 boxes containing 36,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccines from the one million doses procured by the Philippine government from the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech, the highest number of vaccine allocation from the current batch.
DOH Caraga Asst. Regional Director Dr. Sadaila K. Raki-in said the current batch of vaccines is intended for the remaining healthcare workers (A1) in Caraga region.
"We are aiming to vaccinate a total of 53,362 individuals belonging to the A1 priority group. To date, around 19,270 have been vaccinated so we still have more than half of the target to vaccinate," the health officer said. Allocation of the newest batch of vaccines will be made public by the regional office soon, she said.
The DOH Caraga also reports that 98.7% of the previous batches of vaccines were already consumed, with only 200 more doses at their disposal.
Meanwhile, only 3.5% of the vaccinated population in Caraga have experienced adverse effects following immunization, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Caraga.
"Three or .15% are serious [cases] and the rest are minor cases [experiencing] fever, chest pains, sore throat, those sort of adverse effects following immunization," said Perla B. Alvizo, Regional Supervisor.
With the health department aiming to inoculate all identified priority sectors, DOH Caraga reiterated its call to implementing partners and local health offices to vaccinate only those identified in their masterlist and avoid giving vaccines to those who do not belong to the eligible population. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)