Bicol’s vaccination drive gets a boost with delivery of 188K doses to Albay

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By Billy Begas

House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Joey Salceda on Tuesday said that the Department of Health (DOH) has committed to deliver 187,982 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Albay.

Salceda said the DOH has responded to his letter and committed to send 108,292 doses of Sinovac, 50,600 doses of Johnson and Johnson, and 29,090 doses of Astra Zeneca.

“That’s a total of 187,982 doses arriving from July onwards, enough to vaccinate an additional 15% of our population a first dose,” Salceda said. “Of course, we want to be able to achieve herd immunity this year, and so, we hope to be able to receive more commitments by August and September.”

Earlier, Salceda wrote a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte informing him that his district is prepared to store and administer enough vaccines for herd immunity in the province.

“We are pleased to inform the President (Rodrigo Duterte) and the NTF (National Task Force) that the district is capable of storing and administering about 190,200 doses of Pfizer or 312,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The district is fully capable of handling enough vaccines for herd immunity,” said Salceda in the letter.

The cold storage facilities Salceda is referring to are located in Legazpi City, Daraga, and Camalig.

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines need ultra low temperature during storage.