The local government of Imus, Cavite, continues to call for continuous arrivals and additional vaccinations from the national government.
As of Friday, the city’s vaccination of first dose was temporarily suspended due to a lack of supply.
More than 300 doses of Sinovac vaccine are left in the hands of the local government from the more than 29,000 doses they received in the last weeks of June.
Apart from the supply from the national government, some cities such as Cavite City, Dasmariñas, and Taguig have also given a surplus.
Only the remaining 361 doses have been set aside for those who will take the second dose, but Imus City admitted that it is short of those scheduled using the UBE Express app.
According to Dr. Cherrie Lyn Tumilba-Boque of the Imus Health Office, if the supply is complete, they can vaccinate 4,000 to 6,000 per day, or about 20,000 a week.
Imus recorded the highest average capacity jabs or vaccination speed in Cavite province, according to the National Task Force Against COVID-19.
1st dose vaccination in Imus stopped due to lack of supply
Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi added that the health office is just taking steps to release the vaccine even if there is a problem, such as the lack of a Certificate of Analysis from the Department of Health.
For now, they exchange supplies from other cities to distribute the vaccine.
In a series of posts online last week, Maliksi insisted that the vaccine going to the city is “very scarce” and asked, “Where is the vaccine?”
He said, hopefully, the number of vaccines will increase and not be interrupted not only in Imus but in the whole of Cavite.
So far, the operation of Imus’ drive-thru vaccination site has stopped at a mall.
The National Task Force Against COVID-19 reported that over 2.8 million Filipinos had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since inoculation started in March.
According to the task force’s latest bulletin, 11,708,029 doses have been given across 1,197 active vaccination sites nationwide.
The government was able to administer an average of 254,141 doses daily over the past week.