COVID VACCINE for Eastern Visayas arrives on March 5

TACLOBAN CITY, Mar 4 (PIA) – The COVID-19 vaccines the Eastern Visayans have been dreaming of and wishing for will finally come to reality. This, as some 7,200 doses of Sinovac vaccine are expected to arrive at the DZR Airport in Tacloban City in the morning of March 5, 2021.

DOH 8 RD Exuperia Sabalberino thru ARD Carmen Garado disclosed during the virtual meeting of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center Teams in the afternoon of March 4 that the vaccines are intended for the health workers of the Eastern Visayas Medical Center, the Schistosomiasis Hospital and the Divine Word Hospital.

All the RVOC Teams have been activated and are all set to do their respective tasks for the arrival and distribution of the vaccines. The teams include the Planning, Logistics, Cold Chain, Surveillance and Communication, Advocacy and Partnership.

It was learned that from the airport, the vaccines will be brought to the Cold Storage Facility of the Department of Health Region 8 where the allocation for EVRMC will be packed ready for delivery at 11:00 o’clock in the morning.

At 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the Ceremonial Vaccination will be conducted at the Out Patient Department of EVRMC Cabalawan, where no less that DOH Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino will vaccinate the EVRMC Chief of Hospital, Dr. Salvador Evardone.

Some 211 health workers of EVRMC are expected to be inoculated on the first day of vaccination. DOH disclosed that some 714 staff of EVRMC have signified their willingness to be inoculated with Sinovac.

The hospital is expected to be done with the inoculation within seven days. The ceremonial vaccination will be attended by the Regional Directors of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Information Agency.

DOH also disclosed that both the Schistosomiasis Hospital and the Divine Word Hospital have tentatively scheduled start of vaccination on Monday, March 9, 2021. (PIA 8)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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