Sputnik V rollout begins in Cebu City

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THE Cebu City Government started on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, using Gamaleya’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine on city residents randomly selected from a list of registered individuals.

All the 300 doses of the vaccine from the Russian Federation allocated for Cebu City were administered on Wednesday.

This was the first time the City administered the vaccine from Russia.

Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, Cebu City Health Department (CHD) acting head, said the recipients of Sputnik V were randomly selected individuals registered under Priority Groups A1 (frontliners in health services), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), and A4 (frontline personnel in essential sectors, including uniformed personnel).

Russian Ambassador Marat Pavlov, in a press conference on June 9, assured that more supplies of Sputnik V will be donated to the country, and he also guaranteed the public of the vaccine’s efficacy.

Additional Sinovac

On Tuesday, June 8, an additional 54,400 doses of Sinovac arrived in Central Visayas.The region has already received a total of 513,710 doses of the vaccine since the Department of Health (DOH) 7 started its vaccination efforts.

DOH 7 spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said the additional doses will be administered to priority groups A1 to A4.

Of the total number of vaccine doses allocated for Central Visayas, majority of which, or some 322,160 doses, are Sinovac; 162,000 doses are AstraZeneca; 29,250 doses are Pfizer; and 300 doses are Sputnik V.

Inoculated persons

Loreche said 12,676 individuals (86.67 percent of the target recipients) in Central Visayas were inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.

The first batch of Pfizer vaccine, composed of 29,250 doses, were intended as first and second doses for 14,625 individuals.

Of the Pfizer-vaccinated individuals, 1,161 were healthcare workers, 3,342 were senior citizens, and 8,173 were individuals with comorbidities.

Loreche said the government as of June 8, had vaccinated 105,640 of the 132,286 (79.9 percent) pre-listed healthcare workers for vaccination in the region.

Of the vaccinated healthcare workers, 67,721 of them have already received the complete two doses.

A total of 73,332 senior citizens in Central Visayas have been inoculated, with 17,646 of them fully vaccinated.

The government still has to vaccinate 476,112 more senior citizens who also registered themselves for vaccination.

Also, 7,111 persons with comorbidities have received their complete doses of Covid-19 vaccine, while 42,899 others are waiting for their second dose, as of June 8.

Central Visayas still has to vaccinate 79,994 more individuals under A3 who registered for vaccination.

Mandaue’s efforts

In Mandaue City, the inoculation of registered individuals at the city’s fourth vaccination site, located on the third floor of JCenter Mall, on Wednesday.

JCenter Mall is the second commercial establishment to allow the City to use its space as a vaccination site after Pacific Mall opened last week.

The two other vaccination sites are the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex and the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu Mandaue campus.

From an average of 300 inoculated persons per day in the previous months, the Mandaue City Vaccination Operations Center (VOC) reported that around 2,000 vaccine recipients per day from all the vaccination sites were recorded in the first week of June.

On June 9, the VOC vaccinated 2,860 individuals—916 individuals at UCLM; 659, Pacific Mall; 1,010, Mandaue City Sports Complex; and 275, JCenter Mall.

As of June 8, Mandaue City had inoculated 20,477 individuals under Priority Groups A1 to A4 category for the first dose, while 4,702 individuals were fully vaccinated.

Wrong details

In Cebu City, wrong details in the Covid-19 registration form caused delays at vaccination sites.

Ibones said that since March, hundreds of individuals have not been assigned to any vaccination site in the city after it was found out that they do not belong under the Priority Groups A1, A2 and A3.

Cebu City is still accommodating individuals who belong to A1, A2, and A3 as its Covid-19 vaccine supply came from the Covax facility.

Most of the errors were committed mostly by individuals who supposedly belong to Priority Group A4. They fell into Priority Group A3 after they mistakenly checked they had an existing health condition.

Some tried to get themselves inoculated by filling up the wrong information in the registration forms. The system automatically puts them under A3, and they get their schedule for vaccination, Ibones said.

The deceptive registrants were detected to not belong to any of the first priority groups after they failed to present proof at vaccination sites, thus delaying the process.

Ibones reminds the Cebu City residents who want to avail themselves of the Covid-19 vaccination program in the city to be honest and be careful in submitting their registration form.

As of June 9, around 189,000 individuals have registered in the city’s vaccination program. (JJL, WBS, KFD)