CEBU CITY – The health officer of this city reiterated the need for more allocation of COVID-19 jabs from the Department of Health (DOH) after the city on Thursday closed five of its six vaccination centers due to lack of vaccine.
Dr. Jeffrey Ibones said only the vaccination site at the University of Cebu-J. Alcantara Street was able to open as the recently received 2,500 vials of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be consumed on Friday, July 16.
The Sputnik V is the only remaining supply for the city, said Ibones.
“Our call right now is that Cebu City should be given more vaccines. We are continually asking the Department of Health to provide us more vaccines. Because from what we observe, we have no problems in terms of convincing our vaccinees. It’s the supply,” said Ibones.
The city is targeting to vaccinate 70 percent of its population before the year ends.
The city has a population of 950,000 people.
As of July 14, the city has already administered 99,143 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
With enough supply, Ibones said the city is capable of achieving its goal of achieving herd community.
“I think we can do it. If we can open at least 15 vaccination sites, we can administer at least 100,000 doses per day,” he said.