TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas received a fresh batch of Sinovac vaccines intended for the region’s healthcare workers assigned in public and private health facilities.
The Department of Health in Eastern-Visayas noted that the 14,400 doses of anti-coronavirus disease jabs arrived at the DZR Airport at 11:15 am Wednesday, 7 April 2021.
Jelyn Malibago, regional information officer at DOH-8, said the newly arrived vaccines were allocated to the remaining unvaccinated frontline health workers in the region.
The vaccines were immediately transported to the cold storage facility of the DOH regional office.
A total of 22,599 individuals have already been vaccinated in the whole Eastern Visayas since the first batch of vaccines arrived last month. Of this number, 5,348 were from Tacloban City, 4,240 from Leyte, 3,330 from Eastern Samar, 3,058 from Samar, 2,833 from Northern Samar, 1,650 from Ormoc City, 1,376 from Southern Leyte, and 746 from Biliran.
In Leyte, DOH provincial officer Dr. Antonio Ida said 150 healthcare workers from the Leyte Provincial Hospital and Ormoc District Hospital who received the Sinovac vaccine are set to receive the second dose this week until Monday that will complete their immunization against COVID-19.
He said those who received AstraZeneca vaccines will have their second dose after two months.
Acting Leyte provincial health officer Dr. Edgardo Daya said Leyte was able to achieve 100 percent utilization rate of the first batch of vaccines that arrived. “We were able to hit the target and even exceeded,” he sdaid.
Daya said almost half of those who received their first dose of the jab experienced “adverse events following immunization” with women experiencing more than men. He said most of the complaint came from health workers who took Astrazeneca.
Most of the complaints were fever and headache but some also experienced vomiting, nausea, chill, and increase in blood pressure that lasted for a couple of days.
He said these are minimal adverse reactions which a rest and a dose of paracetamol can easily fix. “The side effect is still minimal compared to the protection that you get from the vaccine,” he said.