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Central Visayas vax drive reaches 2M in 6 months

Philippine News AgencySeptember 3, 2021

TIGHT WATCH. A member of the Abellana police watches over a vaccination activity at the University of Cebu - Senior High School in Barangay Sambag 1, Cebu City on Wednesday (Sept. 1, 2021). Local government units deploy cops to make sure safety protocols are being followed. (Photo courtesy of Abellana CPPO Facebook)

CEBU CITY – The Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Central Visayas region have breached the two-million mark in six months, the Department of Health - Region 7 (DOH-7) announced on Friday.

In a virtual presser, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist, said the four provinces in the region reported a total of 2,021,403 doses of vaccine administered as of Sept. 2, or since the rollout began in March.

The first doses administered reached 1,160,562 while the second doses are at 860,841, with Cebu province accounting for 73 percent of the regional tally.

Cebu province, including Metro Cebu localities, reported a total of 1,477,345 jabs (892,195 for the first dose and 585,150 for the second dose).

Bohol administered 276,265 doses, Negros Oriental has 210,639 doses, and Siquijor reported 57,154 doses.

This provincial capital tallied 279,534 doses while neighboring Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu Cities have 278,234 doses and 242,598, respectively.

2 MILLION DOSES. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Department of Health - Central Visayas chief pathologist and Visayas Vaccination Operations Center spokesperson, presides over a virtual presser on the inoculation rollout on Friday (Sept. 3, 2021). The Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Region 7 have breached the two-million mark since the start of the national rollout in March. (Screengrab)

If the momentum is sustained, coupled with efficient information drive in local government units, Loreche said Central Visayas region can reach its desired 70 percent population protection before the year ends.

“We are looking forward to having uninterrupted inoculation rollout and raising people’s enthusiasm to be vaccinated. We may be able to inoculate 70 percent of our eligible population before November. Let’s see if we can probably finish this by October then it will be truly an amazing journey for all of us,” she said in a mix of English and Filipino.

Based on National Economic and Development Authority data, she said the region has 5,176,623 eligible population for inoculation, aged 18 and above. (PNA)

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