Taguig receives 3,000 Gamaleya-Sputnik V jabs from DOH

Mayor Lino Cayetano thanks the National Government for the Gamaelya-Sputnik V vaccines received by Taguig City in its bid to curb COVID-19 infections. (Photo courtesy of DOH-NCRO)

PARAÑAQUE CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano has thanked the National Government and members of its COVID-19 task force for giving the city 3,000 Gamaleya-Sputnik V vaccines, out of the 15,000 doses delivered last Saturday.

Taguigeños, who belong to A1, A2 and A3 priority groups will be the first to be given the new vaccines at the Taguig Lakeshore Mega Vaccination Hub earlier chosen by Department of Health (DOH) for the massive rollout.

Aside from Taguig, the National Government also distributed said vaccines to the cities of Manila, Makati, Paranaque and Muntinlupa that were chosen to be given Sputnik-V vaccine from the Gamaleya Research Institute of Russia. The city has received 3,000 vaccine ampules that are properly, safe and effectively stored at the Orca cold storage facility.

The 3,000 doses allotted for the city are good only for the initial shots.

A person who received a Sputnik V jab would have to wait for 21 days before getting the second shot.

Sputnik V was found to be 91.4 percent effective in providing protection against COVID-19.

Dr. Jennifer Lou De Guzman, head of the Taguig National immunization Program, said the City Government provided an insulated box that can store 25 vials of the Sputnik V vaccines. 

The box is also equipped with a global positioning system, which will allow users to track its movements anytime and is also capable of maintaining the vaccine storage temperature at -18 degrees within five “openings” after which it requires transfer to another box. 

“It has a temperature monitoring device. On top of that this is connected to a GPS which can monitor the exact location of this box,” she said. 

City officials said the 3,000 doses from the National Government are good only for the initial shots and they are waiting for another shipment to complete the second doses. 

Sputnik V vaccinees need to wait 21 days before their second shot. 

Mayor Cayetano earlier said the city government is prepared to deal with the logistical requirements of the Sputnik V, saying local officials are aware of the sensitive storage requirements of the Russian-made vaccines. 

“We have a vaccination site, our Lakeshore vaccination site that can do anywhere from 400 to 800 vaccinations a day, it’s just five minutes away from our cold storage facility, so I think we can do it,” Cayetano said. 

He also said Sputnik V vaccines will be a great help in the city’s ongoing fight against the pandemic as it provides his constituents an additional weapon against the deadly disease.

The ceremonial turnover was led by Secretary Vince B. Dizon and Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr. from the COVID-19 task force. (PIA NCR)

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

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