Part of the mobile vaccination roll-out of the city gov’t
TACLOBAN CITY-At least 42 women inmates in a jail facility here were administered with vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday (August 12).
The vaccination among women inmates was part of the mobile vaccination roll-out of the city government under Mayor Alfred Romualdez to ensure that more qualified residents of the city would receive the jabs.
Dr. Joedina Gumagay, chief of hospital of the Tacloban City Hospital who led in the vaccination at the Tacloban City Jail, said that inmates should be given priority in the vaccination drive to ensure that COVID-19 would not spread inside the facility.
“God forbid, if one of them will get the infection, it will be easy and fast for COVID-19 to spread that is why, we have to prioritize them in the vaccination,” she said.
Mayor Romualdez, joined by his son, Raymund, witnessed the vaccination inside the jail facility. The said vaccination is considered to be a first in the region.
It was learned that after the women inmates, who received the Sinovac brand, all the current 591 male inmates at the said jail facility would also be given the vaccine.
This campaign of the city government has the full support of the Department of Health (DOH) which has called all local government units to speed up their vaccination drive amid the presence of several variants of concern across the region cited as among the factors for the spike of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas.
In Ormoc City, more than 50 motorcycle-for-hire (MCH) drivers have received their first doses of AstraZeneca on Friday.
The vaccination was held in one of the shopping malls in the city which also aims to vaccinate more people, especially those considered as economic frontliners.
The city government target to vaccinate 2,400 MCH drivers in Ormoc City.
In Borongan City, the Borongan Cathedral was used as a vaccination site on Thursday which accommodated 560 individuals who received the Moderna vaccine.
The provincial capital of Eastern Samar is grappling with COVID-19 cases as the DOH identified the presence of Delta variant.
The DOH has reported on Friday of 147 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the region’s total cases to 38,059 with active cases of 1,184 and 36,444 considered as recovered cases.
Meantime, a 72-year old man from the town of Inopacan in Leyte province was the latest to die in the region due to COVID-19 complications. The region has now 431 deaths due to COVID-19.(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)