Cebu City halts vaccination anew as COVID vaccines run out

Published July 7, 2021, 12:36 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Due to lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply, vaccination in this city was suspended again Wednesday.

City Councilor Dave Tumulak said the COVID-19 vaccine supply composed of 14,920 doses of Sinovac that the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7) recently turned over to the city has already been used up.

Tumulak said three of the five vaccination centers will be open on Thursday, July 8, but only for the administration of second doses using Pfizer vaccine.

“We are advising the public to wait for further announcement. We will immediately resume our vaccination once there is an available vaccine,” said Tumulak.

Tumulak said the 14,920 doses of Sinovac were consumed in just three days as the city was able to vaccinate a daily average of 5,000 individuals.

More walk-ins have been noted in vaccination centers but Tumulak advised the public to pre-register to avoid overcrowding in inoculation sites.

“Our COVID-19 cases have been increasing that’s why we are appealing for understanding if we limit the number of people in our vaccination sites because we have to observe proper social distancing,” said Tumulak.

Tumulak also revealed that there were some who backed out after learning at the vaccination sites that the available vaccines were not their preferred brand.