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PRC gets Pfizer, Sinovac



The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Friday announced that it has received around 30,000 Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines to augment the humanitarian group’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, which is now being expanded outside Metro Manila through the deployment of its Bakuna Bus in Calabarzon.

PRC Health Services Manager Mark Abrigo said that Pfizer vaccines are stored in the ultra-low freezers at PRC’s Logistics and Multi-purpose center in Mandaluyong City, while Sinovac vaccines are stored in its Blood Bank Tower and PLMC Bakuna Center refrigerators.

Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon, who leads the PRC, announced that three “Bakuna Buses” or the organization’s own mobile vaccination clinics have been deployed to Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite to inoculate against Covid-19 residents here who lack access to vaccination centers.

The three buses from Victory Liner, one of the country’s largest bus companies, have now arrived in the three targeted areas outside Metro Manila.

Abrigo disclosed that each deployed Bakuna Bus can vaccinate 300 to 500 individuals per day.

He said each mobile clinic is manned by one physician for screening and monitoring and supervision, two vaccinators, one to two volunteers for registration, support volunteers for crowd control, line management, and ambulance team members.

The Bakuna Bus which arrived in Batangas has been manned by Batangas Chapter volunteers and staff led by Chapter Administrator Ronald Generoso, who began the vaccination drive in Barangay Galamay Amo, and San Jose.

They prioritized vaccinating Covid-19 priority groups with Pfizer and Sinovac.

Previously, the PRC has deployed the Bakuna Buses in Marikina, Mandaluyong, Navotas, Manila, Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City.