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Pfizer vaccines now in Sarangani for senior citizens

ALABEL, Sarangani (September 30, 2021) – Personnel from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Bureau of Fire Protection assist in transferring Sarangani’s first Pfizer vaccine allocation on September 28 at the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Department of Health Office (PHO-PDOHO) building. A total of 780 vials with six doses each were turned over to the provincial government of Sarangani which Maria Razel Bustria, provincial NIP (National Immunization Program) coordinator, accounted for a total of 4,680 doses or “can accommodate 2,340 individuals with two doses each.” She said the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is administered with 21 days interval. According to Bustria, as discussed during the consultation meeting between the PHO and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, it was decided to allot these jabs to the senior citizens due to the limited number of Pfizer vaccines. “Per national advisory, ang makakatanggap nito are those who belong under the category A1 or the frontline health workers, A2 or the senior citizens, A3 or those individuals 18 years old and above with comorbidities and A5 or the indigent population,” however, Bustria said, “we have seen that our senior citizens are the ones who are vulnerable from the virus and since these vaccines are limited that is why our leaders have decided to prioritize the elderly first.” A total of 4,000 Sinovac vaccines was also turned over which is set to be administered for the ongoing vaccination for category A4. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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