105,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrive in Davao City

Published June 10, 2021, 2:04 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – A total of 105,300 doses of anti-coronavirus disease (COVID) vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech arrived at Davao International Airport Thursday, June 10.

Additional 104,700 doses are expected to be delivered in this city Friday, June 11, to complete the 210,000 doses of vaccines that the national government set aside for the Davao region to hasten the vaccination program.

Dr. Annabelle Yumang, regional director of Department of Health (DOH)-Davao, has yet to respond on how the Pfizer vaccines will be distributed in the region.

Based on the data from DOH-Davao, the region has so far received 537,350 doses from the national government, including the 105,300 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from the COVAX facility.

Dr. Ashley Lopez, acting head of City Health Office (CHO), told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) that the delivery of the vaccines was the “biggest allocation” that the region received from the national government since the mass vaccination started last March 5.

He said the vaccination program of the local government is currently catering to persons belonging to the A1 or health workers, A2 or senior citizens, and A3 or persons with comorbidities, particularly those aged 18 to 59 years, suffering with illnesses or comorbidities such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, malignancy, diabetes, obesity, chronic liver disease, neurologic disease, and immunodeficiency disease.

Vaccination for A3 opened only last May 31.

Lopez said close to 119,000 individuals have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines as of Wednesday, with around 20,000 been fully vaccinated.

He said he hopes there will be a continuous supply of vaccines for the region to avoid interruption in the vaccination.

There are 21 vaccination sites in this city.

DOH-Davao said 401 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Davao region on June 9, bringing the total cases to 31,521 with 5,306 active cases, 25,027 recoveries, and 1,188 deaths.

Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 18,835 cases, with 2,830 active, 15,215 recoveries, and 790 deaths. Davao de Oro reported 2,314 cases, Davao del Norte 5,907, Davao del Sur 2,170, Davao Occidental 376, and Davao Oriental with 1,919.