Parañaque gears up to inoculate city residents with Pfizer vaccine

Published May 11, 2021, 1:14 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Tuesday, May 11, that the city will soon roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines for priority groups A1 to A3.

“Nakipagmeeting na po yung ating City Health Office (CHO) sa Department of Health (DOH) para sa proper rollout ng Pfizer dito sa lungsod ng Parañaque (Our CHO has already met with the DOH for the proper rollout of the Pfizer vaccine here in Parañaque City),” the mayor said in an interview with DZRH.

Olivarez said the city is capable of handling specialized COVID-19 vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, and Sputnik V.

The city has made an agreement 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.

This first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines totaling 93,050 doses will be distributed in the National Capital Region, Cebu City, Davao City, and other major cities that can handle the required temperature of -70 degrees centigrade.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Philippines has approved in January the Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which has an overall efficacy rate of 95 percent.

Olivarez also said that with the arrival of more than two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility this week, the city government can continue vaccinating with the second dose.

National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said that more than half a million will be set aside for the second dose of healthcare workers who were already inoculated. The rest will be distributed to high-risk areas The city has vaccinated close to 40,000 individuals, according to Olivarez, and 99 percent of public and private healthcare workers.