The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Puerto Princesa City received 6,100 doses of vaccine on August 18; 5,000 doses of Sinovac from the national government and 1,100 doses of AstraZeneca procured by the LGU earlier this year through a tripartite agreement.
“Dumating po ay Sinovac 5,000 at 1,100 doses ng Astra[Zeneca] ng City, part na po ‘yan ng binili ng city,” according to Dr Ricardo Panganbina, PPC-COVAC Chairman.
Panganiban added that this would be allocated to the main vaccination site. Their office is yet to schedule the immunization of those living in the rural areas of Puerto Princesa.
“Dito po muna tayo. [Ang] priority kasi natin [ay] ang urban. Wala pa sa ngayon tayong ulit na schedule sa malalayong lugar,” he says.
Dr Panganiban also stated that the LGU is slowly receiving the orders made in January despite the worldwide demand and shortage of vaccines.
“Unti-unti na rin dumadating ‘yung ating in-order… Talagang kapos ‘yung supply ‘ yung order nga natin saka palang dumadating paunti-unti.”
Meanwhile, according to the Puerto Princesa City COVID-19 Vaccination Council (PPC-COVAC), as of August 17, a total of 75,912 vaccines have been given. 44,240 are first doses; 22,797 Sinovac, 6,437 AstraZeneca through COVAC, 6,235 AstraZeneca procured by the LGU, 5,396 Gamaleya Sputnik V, 1,045 AstraZeneca procured by Palawan Pawnshop, 1,182 Pfizer, and 1,149 Moderna vaccines.
While 31,672 are second doses; 15,673 Sinovac, 5,021 AstraZeneca through COVAC, 287 Gamaleya Sputnik V, 10,462 J&J’s Janssen, and 1 Pfizer vaccine.