KALIBO, Aklan–The first batch of CoronaVac (Sinovac Biotech) vaccines has been administered in the province of Aklan, with 2,420 shots first given to hospital and frontline health care workers over a 6-day period from March 10 to 15.
An infectious diseases specialist and a provincial health officer were the first to be inoculated on March 10. They were given the injections in the presence of Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores and DOH regional director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo.
The Provincial Health Office-Aklan received the bulk of the China-made vaccines, or 2,000 doses, from the Department of Health (DOH) on March 9. The remaining 420 doses were secured on March 10.
Miraflores said the rollout of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines was for the eligible priority groups in Aklan.
The second doses for them—health care workers in Aklan provincial hospital, private hospitals, and municipal government hospitals—will be administered 28 days after the first.
In the span of 48 hours, Aklan recorded 18 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 1,027. The death toll, meanwhile, has reached 32, according to Aklan Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit.
Miraflores is urging residents not to let their guards down and continue to adhere to minimum health standards despite the vaccine rollout.
Over in the town of Kalibo, the pre-registration for those who wish to reserve their slot for the British AstraZeneca vaccine is now ongoing.
LGU Kalibo has allocated P50 million for the purchase of the vaccine with which they intend to inoculate at least 70 percent of its 86,000 population to achieve herd immunity. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)