ILOILO CITY, April 8 (PIA) - - To date, a total of 727 frontline health workers in the island-province of Guimaras have received their first dose of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines after an additional 144 were inoculated on April 6.
Of the total number of vaccinees, according to Guimaras Provincial Information Officer Leizl Galan-Gatinao, around 627 were inoculated with Sinovac vaccine and 100 with AstraZeneca vaccine which the provincial government received from the Department of Health (DOH) 6.
It was on March 12 when the provincial government of Guimaras began its COVID 19 vaccination after it received its initial 100 doses of China firm's Sinovac vaccines from DOH 6 on March 11.
Priority recipients were health workers from Buenavista Emergency Hospital, Dr. Catalino Gallego Provincial Hospital and Nueva Valencia District Hospital.
Gatinao said Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams and personnel manning screening posts to ports in the province were also given their first dose of the donated COVID 19 vaccine.
Governor Samuel Gumarin thanked the DOH 6 and the national government for the vaccines which he considered crucial as healthcare workers are on the frontline in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from the vaccines provided by the national government, the provincial government of Guimaras will also procure COVID-19 vaccines for Guimarasnons.
On April 7, Guimaras recorded a new COVID 19 case bringing its provincewide total to 391. The new case is a 90-year-old male from New Poblacion, Buenavista.
Of the province's seven active COVID-19 cases, five are from the municipality of Buenavista and two from Nueva Valencia. A total of 377 have recovered while seven died from the disease. (JSC/laf/PIA6-Iloilo/Photo courtesy of LGU Guimaras)