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Pfizer pilot test in 2 Leyte towns

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TACLOBAN CITY — After a successful run in Ormoc City, pilot implementation of Pfizer vaccination goes to two Leyte towns as the Department of Health (DoH) urged local government units to step up inoculation against Covid-19 amid threats from the highly-contagious Delta strain.

On Sunday, Eastern Visayas received one box of Pfizer vaccines containing 195 vials or 1,170 doses for the pilot test run in Palo and Dulag towns.

The Pfizer vaccines arrived together with 64 boxes containing 102,400 doses of Sinovac vaccines. The Sinovac vaccines are intended for the Priority Groups A1-A3 in the six provinces of Eastern Visayas and the independent cities of Tacloban and Ormoc.

Jelyn Lopez, DoH regional information officer, said 100 vials will be sent to Palo and 84 vials to Dulag for the first and second doses of those who will be included in the test run.

The remaining 11 doses were sent to Ormoc City as a second those for those who joined the test implementation. One vial is good for six doses.

“Dulag and Palo have ready and in place systems,” Lopez explains why the two towns were included in the test run.

The 50 and 42 for Palo and Dulag respectively are for their 1st dose.

So in total 100 for Palo, and 84 for Dulag for their 1st and 2nd doses. And the remaining 11 is for Ormoc city for their 2nd dose.

To date, Eastern Visayas already received 829,920 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. These include 525,810 doses of Sinovac, 167,000 doses of AstraZeneca, 3,510 doses of Pfizer, 2,400 doses of Sputnik and 131,200 doses of Janssen.

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