BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
About 1,274 hospital staff members in Bacolod City have been inoculated with the China-made Sinovac Coronavirus 2019 vaccines as of Wednesday, Dr. Chris Sorongon, Emergency Operations deputy for Data and Medical Analysis, said yesterday.
Sorongon said that the figures represent the workers of seven hospitals in the city.
These are the Bacolod Doctors Hospital, Metro Bacolod Hospital, South Bacolod General Hospital, Adventist Medical Center, Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, Queen of Mercy Hospital and the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, he said.
So far, only one backed out from the inoculation among the thousands of hospital employees who volunteered, he said.
Sorongon also said that the inoculation of 48 other volunteers have to be deferred because some of them did not pass the initial checking.
Some of them had increased blood pressure or did not feel well, hence, they were not allowed to be vaccinated.
Other volunteers also felt adverse effects after immunization which, according to Sorongon, were just minimal.
There were 6,300 doses of Sinovac vaccines delivered in Bacolod last week intended for the city’s health workers.
Earlier, Sorongon emphasized that in case these vaccines are not utilized those who are listed as the next priority for the Covid vaccine roll out will be the ones inoculated.
He said the second on the list are indigent residents followed by uniformed personnel from the government and other employees from the line agencies such as the Department of Education.
Aside from Sinovac, 650,000 doses of Swedish British AstraZeneca vaccines were also purchased by the city.*