BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental received yesterday 1,950 vials of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines from the Department of Health, Provincial Incident Management Team chief, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, said.
Each vial of Pfizer, a new brand of vaccines dispatched to Negros Occidental, is equivalent to six doses or 11,700 doses in total, Caelian said.
The vaccines were placed in two boxes airlifted by a Cebu Pacific passenger plane from Manila, and arrived 8:14 a.m. yesterday at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.
Caelian said 975 vials were brought to the ultra-low cold storage of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, while the 975 others were stored at the cold storage facility of the provincial government in Bacolod City.
To further speed up the inoculation of Negrenses, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also issued a memorandum to all mayors, and city and municipal health officers, detailing the guidelines to improve the rollout, in anticipation of more vaccines arriving in the province.
Caelian said a simultaneous three-day vaccination rollout in all 31 local government units in the province started yesterday and end Saturday.
If vaccines will not be fully utilized by an LGU, these should be returned immediately to the Capitol for use by other LGUs, he said.
That’s the only way to ensure that all LGUs will consume the vaccines given to them, Caelian added.
ALSO IN BACOLOD
The vaccination of Capitol employees is also ongoing at the Negros Residences in Bacolod, Caelian said.
In his memorandum to all local chief executives of Negros Occidental, Lacson said the Provincial Health Office, upon receipt of vaccines from the DOH, will schedule the rollout in the LGUs and issue an official list of vaccine allotment per LGU, to be relayed to mayors and their health officers.
The guidelines also state that mayors and city or municipal health officers, upon receipt of the vaccination schedule, will prepare the venue, vaccinators, and vaccination team, screen and upload the names of all vaccinees to the designated DOH website, and submit the list to the PHO a day before the vaccination.
The PHO was tasked to deliver the exact number of vaccines required per LGU, and turn those over to LGUs with ready venue, vaccinators, and vaccination team on the day of the scheduled vaccination.
The PHO was also directed to monitor the vaccination process, through the nurses assigned at the Hospital Operations Department, complete all reports and validate data, and gather all disinfected waste materials for proper disposal.
On June 17, Negros Occidental logged 112 new cases, 145 recoveries, and 11 deaths. The new infections brought to 1,732 the total active cases in the province. Cumulative report from March 27, 2020 to June 17 showed that the province had 17,189 total cases, 15,047 recoveries, and 410 deaths, the PIMT added.*