As cities started to vaccinate using the Russian coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine Sputnik V on Tuesday, May 4, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that this will serve as a good practice in managing COVID-19 vaccines with a different storage requirement.
“Malaking bagay sa atin po iyon para po masanay po ang ating city sa pag-handle noong ating logistics nitong atin pong Sputnik V kasi parang ito rin iyong ating Pfizer (It’s a big thing so our cities would get used to handling the logistics of Sputnik V which is like Pfizer),” Olivarez said.
“Kasi kapag may dumating na Pfizer at saka Sputnik, the same yung handling (If Pfizer and Sputnik V would arrive, they would have the same handling,” he added.
He said that he made an arrangemnt with Zuellig Pharmaceutical whose storage has a capability of up to -70 degrees centigrade. From the airport, the vaccines will be brought to their storage and to the city’s vaccination centers.
Sputnik V’s logistical and storage requirements are more complex as compared to Sinovac and AstraZeneca, which only require 2 to 8 degree centigrade storage temperatures.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sputnik V vaccines need to be stored at a temperature of negative 18 degrees centigrade and must be kept as a frozen solution.
Olivarez said the city, on Tuesday, May 4, would administer 1,500 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for the A1, A2, and A3 categories and that the vaccination will be done for three days.
Parañaque City initially received 3,000 doses of Sputnik V together with the cities of Manila, Taguig, Makati, and Muntinlupa. The first batch of Sputnik V vaccines procured by the government from Russia totalling 15,000 doses arrived in the country on May 1 (Saturday).
Gamaleya’s Sputnik V is the second government-procured vaccine that was delivered to the country after Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines.