Growing demand for Covid-19 vaccines observed in Cebu City

INCREASED VAX DEMAND. A nurse is seen administering a vaccine to a primary care physician at the start of the vaccination rollout in March 2021. Cebu City Project Vaccine Storm deputy manager Erik Miguel Espina (inset on Wednesday June 30, 2021) a Noted an increase in demand for vaccines as the city temporarily halted inoculation pending more supplies from the Department of Health. (ANP file photo by John Rey Saavedra)

CITY OF CEBU – This city’s vaccination body has noted a growing demand for vaccination against the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) even as local health authorities wait for more vaccines from the Ministry of Health, an official said on Wednesday.

Erik Miguel Espina, deputy principal coordinator of the Cebu City Project Vaccine Storm, said many residents had sent in questions about getting the vaccination sites back to work.

“Every time we open the vaccination centers, people very eager to get vaccinated flock to the area,” Espina told the Philippine news agency in an interview.

He said Deputy Mayor Michael Rama, the lead organizer of the vaccination body, expressed confidence that the national government would consider sending a higher allocation of vaccines to the city.

“It’s not just a question of increasing demand, we are trying to reach the 35 to 40 percent of the population who want to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” Espina stressed.

He said the Cebu City Vaccine Storm Project had not yet decided whether to continue the inoculation activity using the 5,000 of the remaining 68,440 doses of Sinovac vaccine that arrived in the province on Tuesday, noting that ‘such a number can be consumed in just two to three days. .

Mayor Edgardo Labella, in a statement via social media, said he was in contact with Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. as the city remains one of the priorities for the nationwide immunization rollout.

He said the city was awaiting a new Sinovac allocation from the national government as well as the first batch of Moderna vaccines to arrive in the country on Monday.

Espina, meanwhile, said the city was ready to roll out its own mass vaccination if ever the national government decided to forgo recipient stratification to achieve the desired protection of the population.

He estimated that the protection of 75 percent of the population could be achieved if the national government allowed local government units to purchase vaccines.

The city, he said, has allocated PHP 500 million for the purchase of vaccines, but current policy prohibits purchases other than those made through the National Covid Vaccination Task Force- 19.

He also hoped that President Rodrigo Duterte would certify a bill that would use barangay health workers for vaccination against Covid-19, as with any other vaccine given by them to villagers under the close supervision of a doctor or doctor. a nurse.

Currently, the law only identifies certain medical workers who can administer Covid-19 vaccine injections.

“Time is the enemy now because we want to achieve the collective immunity that we want to achieve to protect the country from the coronavirus,” Espina said. (ANP)

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