2,308 health workers get first dose of covid-19 vaccine in SouthCot

The province of South Cotabato has administered a total of 2,308 covid-19 vaccine doses to priority health workers out of the 3,618 doses initial allocation reaching a  vaccination coverage of 63.8 percent.

The first batch of Sinovac vaccines with a total of 1,838 doses arrived in the province on March 6, followed by another  1,890 doses of   AstraZeneca vaccines on Thursday, March 18 coming from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) XII in Cotabato City.

For Sinovac, the recipients are the five medical hospitals in the province. These are the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital with 667 doses, SOCCSKSARGEN General Hospital, 196 doses; Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital, 282 doses; Allah Valley Medical Specialist Center, 335 doses; and  Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center Inc., 358 doses.

Based on the Updated Covid-19 Vaccination Quick Count from the Integrated Provincial Health Office as of Friday (March 19), a total of 1289 health workers were vaccinated coming from the four hospitals in Koronadal City.

These include 120 from SOCOMEDICS Medical Center, 323 from Allah Valley Medical Specialist Center Inc.; 357 from Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center, and 489 from the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.

The report also shows that out of the total number of dosages for the Astrazeneca vaccine, only 852 doses were administered and vaccination continues until March 30.

The report also shows that since the first vaccination day on March 8, at least 50 health workers signify refusal for the vaccine, while 29 deferred their vaccination for some reason.

The IPHO also reports that 196 experienced Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) from various health facilities.

Based on their monitoring a total of   195 health workers experienced minor AEFI, manifesting symptoms such as headache, swelling, vomiting, and nausea.

One (1) was reported experiencing serious AEFI due to hypersensitivity. The patient was admitted due to rashes for monitoring precautionary measures but was released from the hospital immediately after it subsided.

Based on the protocol from the DOH, the next dose of vaccine will be given after 4 weeks of 28 days.

Unused vaccines are considered as reverse logistics and shall be taken back to the DOH including empty vials.