Covid-19 jabs for BHWs delayed as VM doesn't like vaccination site

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EVEN though the Cebu City Government has already received its Covid-19 vaccines, it cannot start its inoculations for its barangay health workers just yet.

This after the city's Vaccine Advisory Board (VAB) disapproved plans to conduct the vaccination at Don Bosco Youth Training Center in Barangay Punta Princesa, the supposed vaccination site of the city.

A vaccine simulation was conducted at the DBYTC last Friday, March 19, 2021.

Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak said Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, who heads the VAB, did not like the DBYTC to be used as the vaccination site due to lack of ventilation and other facilities such as comfort rooms.

Rama also found the area not person with disability (PWD)-friendly, Tumulak added.

"The vaccine board were informed about the venue (even before the simulation). Prepared na unta tanan, but Mike Rama said di pwede," said Tumulak.

Tumulak said this may cause a slight delay in the planned inoculations, he will try to find another vaccination site as soon as possible.

Tumulak said he has to find another vaccination site immediately since the AstraZeneca vaccines have to be disposed in six days.

The AstraZeneca vaccines were delivered to the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) last Sunday, March 21.

He is eyeing to use malls as vaccine sites, however, this may take time as a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has to be signed by both the mall operators and the City Government before the City can use the area. (JJL)