7,800 doses of CoronaVac Sinovac vaccines arrive  in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, March 5(PIA) --The first COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) last night.
The Department of Health - Centre for Health Development - Cordillera Administrative Region received 13 boxes containing 7,800 doses of Sinovac vaccines at the Regional Office here at about 7:30 Thursday (March 4).

Department of Health – Cordillera personnel led by Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino receive  the 7,800 doses of the Sinovac vaccines that arrived in the city of Baguio on Thursday evening, March 4, 2021. (RMC- PIA CAR) 

 The vaccines were delivered by a cargo truck that came from the cold storage facilities in Marikina City and   escorted by personnel of the Baguio City Police Office to the DOH-CAR cold storage facilities. Enroute to Baguio City, the cargo truck dropped off 24 boxes or 14,400 doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac at the DOH-Region 1 in San Fernando, La Union.  

These are part of the 600,000 doses of COVID – 19 donated Sinovac vaccines from China which arrived in the country on   February 28. Said vaccine was already rolled out to the health workers and other frontline workers in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country.
DOH-CAR Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino supervised the arrival, inventory and storage of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines which will be distributed to the different hospitals in the Cordillera region the soonest possible time. 

The 7,800 doses of the Sinovac vaccines stored at the DOH-CAR cold storage facilities in Baguio City. (RMC -PIA CAR) 

Initially, the vaccines will be provided to more than 3,000 health workers in CAR who have been battling the COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year. The health workers are among the priority Group A identified to be provided by the COVID-19 vaccines once available.

The DOH initially identified health workers who will receive the vaccines particularly at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center   with 1,871 health workers, Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital   in Bauko with 629 health workers, and  Bontoc General Hospital  in Bontoc, Mountain Province with 222, Kalinga Provincial Hospital   in Tabuk City with 326 and the Benguet General Hospital   with 560.
CoronaVac Sinovac is the third Covid-19 vaccine brand aside from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca granted an Emergency Use Authorization   by the country's Food and Drug Administration. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)



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

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