1st Batch COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Basilan

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, March 06 (PIA) - A total of 431 vials of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines from the health department of Region 9 arrived Saturday morning in Isabela City through the PNP Maritime vessel and brought directly to the storage facility of Basilan General Hospital.
Dra. Sitti Nurussami Amilasan said that the vaccines are intended for the medical personnel of Basilan General Hospital, prioritized as COVID-19 Hospital in the province.
"The 431 vials will be given to the entire workforce of Basilan General Hospital within 5 days in accordance to the guidelines set by the Department of Health that all frontliners will be the first priority to receive the vaccine," Dra. Amilasan said.

At the storage facility, Amilasan also explained the importance of temperature monitoring on the vaccines, which is required 4 times a day to ensure that vaccines remain stable and safe until inoculation period. Sinovac storage temperature is 2-8 degrees Celsius.
The vaccination program is scheduled on Monday (March 08) with her as the first to be inoculated.
"I will be the first to be vaccinated to let everyone know that the vaccine is safe," she stressed.
She also encouraged everyone to get the vaccine for their safety and for their families.

"Finally, the COVID-19 vaccine is already here, we were given Sinovac so I hope [that] after we in the BGH are vaccinated, the public also will have their vaccination. This is one way to save our economy and save our lives. So, get vaccinated and save our lives," Dra. Amilasan stressed.
The 431 vials of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines are part of the 10,200 doses arrived in Zamboanga City airport on Friday (March 05). (RVC/NDR/PIA9-Basilan)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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