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Sarangani targets to complete vaccination of all medical frontliners by end of March

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 23, 2021) – Sarangani has already recorded 54% accomplishment rate in the province’s Covid-19 vaccination drive for all its frontline health workers as of March 21, according to Maria Razel Bustria, National Immunization Program provincial coordinator.

As of March 22, Bustria noted “ongoing ang pagbabakuna sa mga health workers na naka-duty sa atong mga temporary treatment monitoring facilities and staff in the community isolation units.”

Also on March 22, another batch of vaccines from the national government was transported by personnel from the Department of Health (DOH) Region XII to Sarangani Medical Center (SMC). By 10:48am, 200 vials of single-dose Sinovac vaccines and 100 vials of 10 doses/vial Astrazeneca vaccines arrived in SMC via an ambulance from Cotabato City.

According to Bustria, the vaccines are set to be distributed primarily to “Rural Health Units (RHUs) staff, doctors, nurses, and midwives assigned sa mga Municipal Health Offices, and barangay health stations including the barangay health workers.”

Bustria added the vaccines will also go to “our staff sa MDRRMO, especially yung mga naga-facilitate sa mga LSIs gikan sa airport, naga-duty sa Covid-19 isolation facility or community isolation units, even our doctors, mga school nurses sa DepEd, and atong mga social workers na assigned sa hospitals na naga-atubang pirmi sa clients.”

In the DOH’s hierarchy of prioritization for Covid-19 vaccines, “frontline workers in health facilities both national and local, private and public, health professionals and non-professionals like students in health and allied professions courses with clinical responsibilities, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, and others,” belong to Group A which come first in Phase 1 of priority groups.

Next in line are “senior citizens aged 60 years old and above,” followed by “adults with comorbidities.”

Phase 1 also includes “frontline personnel in essential sectors both in public and private sectors, including uniformed personnel, and those in working sectors identified by the IATF that are directly client-facing.”

“Poor population based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR)” comes last in the first phase.

Phase 2-Group B of the priority groups include teachers and social workers, other government workers, other essential workers, socio-demographic groups at significantly higher-risk, Overseas Filipino Workers, and other remaining workforce.

While in the Phase 3, “the rest of the Filipino population, not otherwise included in the abovementioned groups” will be the last to receive the vaccines.

Bustria said “we target na until March 30 ma-complete na 100% hopefully ang Group A for first dose.”

With the 28 days interval for Sinovac and 8-10 weeks interval for Astrazeneca, Bustria said the second dose of vaccines is targeted to be administered on April 4 and May 17, respectively.

Since the start of the inoculation drive on March 7, Sarangani has already received a total of 536 vials of Sinovac vaccines and 215 vials of Astrazeneca vaccines for its frontline health workers in the seven municipalities.

Bustria said the “release of vaccine is based sa masterlist na gina-submit nato sa Region via vaccine information management system, aron ang bakuha mahatag gyud sa eligible targets ug dili masayang.” (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by JAKE NARTE, taken on March 22 during the arrival of another batch of Covid-19 vaccines for Sarangani

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