The first batch of Sinovac vaccine has arrived at Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur as part of the Department of Health’s ongoing roll out program of vaccines first for the healthcare workers of the Ninth Infantry Division while the rest for military personnel and CAFGU Active Auxilliaries (CAAs).
The Philippine Air Force’s Black Hawk transported the 600 doses of Sinovac to the headquarters of the 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division (9ID) which were personally received by Maj Gen Henry Robinson Jr PA, commander of the Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) together with the medical officers of the Camp Elias Angeles Station Hospital (CEASH) and personnel of DOH.
According to Cpt. Eusebio Alcera III, Executive Officer of CEASH, said vaccines will be temporarily stored at the Camarines Sur Environment, Disaster Management, and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO) Vaccination Operation Center, the only facility with a cold chain storage.
Meanwhile Dr. Alcera clarified that the vaccination will only proceed after the vaccination simulation is completed, a DOH requirement for the accreditation of the vaccination site. Thereafter, a total of 300 recipients from the 9ID priority list will be inoculated.
MGen. Robinson welcomed the arrival of the vaccine as a positive development to the government’s intensified campaign against Covid-19 pandemic, “We, at the JTF Bicolandia, acknowledge the benefit these vaccines will contribute to safeguard our soldiers who are front-liners greatly exposed and vulnerable to the threat of contracting this virus.”
“Ito po ay ginagawa natin para sa isang layunin, ang patuloy na makapagbigay ng maayos at tapat na serbisyo sa ating bayan at sa mga mamamayan,” the major general said.