Unaccounted vaccines went to Iloilo City hospitals – DOH

Published June 24, 2021, 5:30 PM

by Tara Yap

A DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) personnel transfers boxes of the COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac to a fridge in a hospital in Iloilo City. (Tara Yap)
ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health-Western Visayas (DOH Region 6) clarified that the unaccounted COVID-19 vaccines went to both public and private hospitals here.

The DOH clarified the matter after Mayor Jerry Treñas here demanded DOH Region 6 Director Emilia Monicimpo to explain where the 17,680 doses of vaccines of Sinovac and AztraZeneca’s AZD1222 went.

According to Treñas, the Iloilo City government only received 66,544 doses when the DOH Central Office in Manila claimed that 84,224 doses were distributed for this city.

In a statement, Monicimpo said that 13,512 doses of Sinovac vaccines and 4,560 doses of AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccines were distributed to eight private hospitals, two public hospitals, and a government-run health facility.

The DOH Region 6 emphasized the vaccines were intended for Group A workers – doctors, nurses, health workers, and hospital staff.

The private hospitals are IIoilo Doctor’s Hospital, Iloilo Mission Hospital, Medicus Medical Center, Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center, QualiMed Hospital, AMOSUP Seamen’s Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo, and The Medical City Iloilo.

The government-run hospitals that received the COVID-19 vaccines are West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) and Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC).

The infirmary of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO Region 6) also received vaccine allocations from the DOH.