Muntinlupa LGU ends rollout of Sputnik V, receives more COVID-19 vaccines

Published May 12, 2021, 12:43 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government has used up all the 3,000 doses of Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac vaccines donated by the national government and received new supply of other brands.

On May 11, an additional 32,880 vials were delivered by the national government to Muntinlupa, consisting of 31,200 vials of Sinovac Life Sciences’ CoronaVac, and 1,680 vials of AstraZeneca. Each vial of AstraZeneca is equivalent to 10 doses while a vial of CoronaVac is equivalent to one dose for a total of 48,000 new doses received by Muntinlupa.

The City Health Office (CHO) finished inoculating residents from priority groups with Sputnik V on May 11 as supplies of the vaccine ran out, the Public Information Office (PIO) said.

According to the CHO, 2,979 residents were vaccinated with Sputnik V on May 11. In total, there are 28,635 residents who were inoculated with their first dose, of which 21,474 received CoronaVac, 4,182 with AstraZeneca and 2,979 with Sputnik V.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi thanked the national government for the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to Muntinlupa, saying it will boost the local vaccination program as more residents line up to receive their jab..

Muntinlupa has opened four major vaccination hubs in a covered court in Brgy. Sucat, Filinvest Alabang steel parking in Alabang, SM Center Muntinlupa open parking area in Brgy. Tunasan, and Ayala Malls South Park in Brgy. Alabang, and is eyeing to open additional hubs to cater to more residents.

Fresnedi assured the public of the local government’s preparedness for the cold-chain management of the anticipated arrival of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. Muntinlupa expects to receive 7,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccines.

Upon delivery, Pfizer vaccines are set to be directly stored in the local government’s partner storage facility, Royal Cargo Logistics, in Brgy. Cupang. Due to the sensitive cold-chain management requirement of Pfizer vaccines, it will be initially administered at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa and Asian Hospital and Medical Center, both in Alabang.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines need to be stored at a temperature of -70 to -80 degrees Celsius. Last May 10, the country received 193,050 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine through the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility.

As of May 11, Muntinlupa has 12,039 confirmed cases including 10,589 recoveries and 314 deaths, leaving 1,136 active cases.

The case doubling time in Muntinlupa is 31.07 days while the recovery rate is 87.72 percent as of May 10. Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7 to 30 days to be considered decelerating.