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Eastern Visayas welcomes 38K Sinovac jabs

TACLOBAN CITY — The Department of Health (DoH) in Eastern Visayas reported on Wednesday that it has received another batch of Sinovac jabs intended for frontline health workers in the region.

The Health department in Eastern Visayas disclosed that 32 boxes of Sinovac containing 38,400 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines sent by the national government arrived Wednesday morning.

DoH regional information officer Jelyn Malibago said that the vaccines will be distributed to six provinces and two independent cities in Eastern Visayas.

“These 38,400 doses of Sinovac vaccine are still for the priority group A1,” Malibago said.

The group is composed of workers in frontline health services, including barangay health emergency response teams.

The arrival of the vaccines has brought the total jabs delivered to the region to 80,450, 66,450 doses of Sinovac and 14,000 doses of AstraZenica.

Records from the DoH regional office shows 22,550 frontline healthcare workers in Eastern Visayas have already received the first dose of the vaccine while 3,429 have completed the two doses of Sinovac.

Malibago said the target number of beneficiaries under the A1 priority group is still increasing with the DoH still doing the masterlist.

On Wednesday, the DoH Eastern Visayas reported 73 new cases of Covid-19 infection in the region with 20 of them coming from Tacloban City, 20 from the province of Leyte, 14 from Samar, seven from Southern Leyte, six from Northern Samar, four from Biliran and one each from Ormoc City and Eastern Samar.

Eastern Visayas now has a total of 17,139 Covid-19 cases, 16,476 recoveries, 257 deaths and 406 active cases.

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