Cebu City starts vaccination for BHWs, private clinics

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(UPDATED) A TOTAL of 673 barangay health workers (BHWs) and medical workers from private clinics were inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccines on the first day of the vaccination rollout in Cebu City on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

The city used two vaccination sites for these target groups: the Senior High Building of the University of Cebu-Banilad for barangays in the north district and Robinson's Galleria for the south district.

In UC-Banilad, 326 were inoculated while in Robinsons Galleria, there were 347.

Cebu City Health Department (CHD) officer-in-charge Jeffrey Ibones said the number of individuals vaccinated on the first day was "a good number."

He said the Vaccine Advisory Board targeted to inoculate around 500 BHWs and medical workers a day.

Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak attributed the outcome to “a smooth system” of the vaccination program.

‘Smooth’ system

Tumulak, one of the task force leaders of the Vaccine Advisory Board, said the wide space of the vaccination sites has also contributed to the smooth flow of the vaccination.

"Sa atong nakita karon murag mudaghan pa siguro kay dali man ang process. So kato atong time-motion study, ma-improve diay ni as long as smooth ang system unya ang process dali ra gyud kaayo," he said.

(From what we have observed, we may be able to inoculate more people because of the fast process. Based on our time-motion study, we can improve the vaccination program by ensuring that the system is smooth and the process is quick.)

Ibones said the CHD has noted that more medical workers want to be inoculated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines now.

This, as there were several walk-ins during the vaccination held at Robinsons Galleria. Ibones said that while this is a good sign, this also causes a bottleneck in the vaccination process.


He said around 1,500 BHWs and health care workers in private clinics located in Cebu City have pre-registered.

He said the walk-ins caused a slight delay in the registration stage. He said this was addressed immediately by installing computers in the waiting area where CHD personnel were able to accommodate those walk-ins and have them registered first.

Ibones asked the BHWs and other medical frontliners to register first so that the vaccination process would run smoothly.

Tumulak said that although there were changes in the vaccination sites, those who have registered still pushed through with the inoculation.

"It seems that the vaccinees are all serious about getting inoculated because they participated in the vaccination program," said Tumulak in Cebuano.

AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines are being used for inoculation. Around 1,600 doses of AZ vaccines have been allocated for Cebu City.

Ibones said they have two days more to use all the doses intended for Cebu City after the Department of Health Central Visayas gave the city three days to use all the allotted AZ vaccines. (JJL)