Nearly 30K health workers in W. Visayas get 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Published March 30, 2021, 11:58 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Almost 28 percent of health care workers in Western Visayas region have received the first dose of vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A new batch of Sinovac vaccines arrive at Iloilo Airport Tuesday, March 30. (Cindy Ferrer/OCD-6 / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, chief of the infectious disease cluster of the Department of Health (DOH-6), said in a virtual press conference that this percentage represents 26,442 health care workers out of the 94,770 eligible healthcare workers.

In a virtual press conference, Juanico said these health care workers were administered with the Chinese-made Sinovac and AstraZeneca AZD1222, the vaccine made in Great Britain.

Based on DOH-6 data, Iloilo City had the most number of vaccinations with 7,279 health workers. It is followed by Bacolod City with 4,615 vaccinations.

There are also 3,863 health workers vaccinated in Iloilo province, 3,486 in Negros Occidental province, 3,458 in Capiz province, 2,463 in Aklan province, 1,179 in Antique province, and 200 in Guimaras province.

The DOH-6 data only covers vaccination from March 5, when the vaccines first arrived, until March 28.

Juanico said those vaccinated are mostly health workers and other frontline workers in hospitals and other health-related facilities.

Meanwhile, an additional 7,200 vials of Sinovac vaccine arrived Tuesday, March 30.