Medical professionals in South Cotabato Offer help to fasttrack vaccination

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By MDNN South Cotabato News Bureau
July 27, 2021

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SOUTH COTABATO - Medical professionals in this province have offered the provincial government to help in fasttracking the vaccination program.

During his radyo program, "Ang Gobernador kag ang Katawhan (the governor and the people,” Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. revealed that medical doctors have offered their services for free.

The governor was referring to the recent announcement of the South Cotabato Medical Society (Socomed) that they have created a team of medical workers which can be tapped and assist the vaccination rollout in the 10 towns and lone city of Koronadal.

The governor said the vounteers who are composed mainly of doctors are now on standby and waiting to be deployed to help in the vaccination expansion plan in the province.

“We have enough standby volunteers right now that we can deploy as needed,” he said in his radio program “Ang Gobernador kag ang Katawhan (the governor and the people.”

Tamayo said right now the vaccination program is still manageable but later, as soon as more vaccines will arrive, the city and municipal health offices will need them badly.

A total of 30,512 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have arrived and they intended for eligible individuals under priority group A1 (frontline health care workers), A1.8 (overseas Filipino workers), A2 (senior citizens, and A3 (persons with comorbidities).

The vaccines comprised of 23,000 doses of Janssen, 6,512 Sinovac, and 1000 doses of AstraZeneca.

The Department of Health Regional office 12 (DOH-12) reported that the single dose Janssen vaccines are intended for people under A1 and A3 in isolated and depressed areas, and A1 for overseas workers who are already scheduled for deployment within four months, it was learned.

Also, the 6,512 doses of CoronaVac are alloted for individuals under A1, A2 and A3, and the AstraZeneca will be for residents under A2 in Koronadal City.

The IATF against Covid-19 chief implementer Sec Carlito Galvez said in a meeting that the 50,830 additional doses that arrived were are for the province this month.

“We’re hoping to reach our target to have all eligible individuals fully vaccinated before Christmas,” he concluded. (PNA)


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