Central Visayas gets more COVID-19 jabs

Published May 11, 2021, 3:44 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Fresh supply of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Cebu on Tuesday.

PFIZER MAKES IT. The 193,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have arrived via DHLCargo flight around 8:51 pm at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on Monday, May 10. (Philippine News Agency photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The new shipment of COVID-19 jabs was composed of 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 29,250 doses of Pfizer.

The aircraft carrying the vaccines arrived at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) around 8 a.m.

The shipment was transported to the cold storage facility of the Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH-7) in Cebu City.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, spokesperson of DOH-7, said the bulk of the newly arrived vaccines are intended for the second dose of those who were administered with the first dose of the same brand.

“Their second dose is due this week,” Loreche said.

It was the first time for Central Visayas to receive Pfizer vaccines, which need to be stored at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius.

With this, Pfizer vaccines should only be transported and used within Cebu’s highly urbanized cities due to its temperature requirements, Loreche said.