- Gov.MMM: Substitution protocol is a little bit messy,
next jab activities will be streamlined
A total of 62,772 doses of anti-COVID vaccines have already been administered to Ilocos Norte residents as of June 29, following the continued rollout spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s Task Force Salun-at, provincial health consultant Dr. Rogelio Balbag said.
The latest data of the Department of Health Region I showed that Ilocos Norte received 27,704 and 14, 568 first and second doses of Sinovac, respectively; 16,580 and 1,580 first and second doses of AstraZeneca, and 2,340 doses of Pfizer.
Of the total vaccinated population, 6,624 individuals belonged to the priority A1, A2, and A3 group who got their first dose while 16,142 have their second dose.
To sum it up, the DOH declared Ilocos Norte had an 82% consumption rate out of the 62,772 vaccine doses delivered to the province.
Despite recent complaints by residents who registered for vaccination online, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc assured that the next inoculation would be properly streamlined.
“One difficulty was that we did not have much time. So we conducted an online registration and kung sino po ang nag-register at qualified according to DOH priorities, sila po ang pinabakunahan,” Gov.Marcos Manotoc explained.
“Sa substitution protocol naging messy ng kaunti. Just because may substitution, hindi ibig sabihin na kahit sino ang pwedeng ipabakuna. I spoke to the team to make sure that we always have staff from the Provincial Health Office and DOH to verify the priority recipient even if he or she is a substitute,” he added.
The 120,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines ordered by PGIN are set to arrive by late July. Overseas Filipino Workers are now also in the priority list.
“There are minor problem issues po sa rollout natin pero I think we can all agree that the biggest challenge is kaunti pa ang supply ng mga bakuna. The more vaccines we can get the sooner we can rollout,” Gov. Marcos Manotoc stressed. (PGIN-CMO)