The local governments of Manila and Makati are said to be ready to roll out the Sputnik V, the vaccine against COVID-19 from Russia.
Manila and Makati are among the 5 cities in Metro Manila that received the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines to arrive in the country. They were selected because they are the ones capable of the cold storage requirement of the vaccine.
The first 3,000 doses of Sputnik V, reserved for priority Manila residents, arrived at Santa Ana Hospital in Manila past 1 p.m.
Vaccines are directed to the bio-freezer.
According to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, the city is ready to roll out the vaccine on Tuesday (DOH).
Only two vaccination sites will provide Sputnik V first: the Santa Ana Hospital and the Manila Hospital.
The first day of the rollout of the Russian vaccine was first reserved for health workers who had not been vaccinated, with an efficacy rate of 91.6 percent.
Manila, Makati ready to vaccinate using Sputnik V
“Marami kasing frontliners na naghihintay pa rin ng bakuna,” said Dr. Arnold Pangan of Manila Health Department.
According to the vaccine expert panel, once Sputnik V is released from storage or carrier with a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius, it must be injected within 30 minutes.
“We need to vaccinate ASAP… Kailangan dito confirmed kang darating,” said Domagoso.
“We should know the number of persons na magpapabakuna, para ‘yon lang ang dadalhin ng Santa Ana going to Ospital ng Maynila kasi hindi puwedeng masayang,” said Pangan,
Makati City’s plan to receive 3,000 doses of the Russian vaccine on Monday is almost the same.
On Tuesday 800 doses to be injected into residents but still placed in transport coolers that can maintain -18 degrees Celsius will be removed.
The rollout will be held at the Makati Coliseum in the city.
The DOH ensured that even though the temperature requirement of the Sputnik V was even colder compared to the 2 previous COVID-19 vaccine brands, it maintained its quality on the trip.
Officials of select cities also remain confident in Sputnik V even though it was not accepted in Brazil due to some lack of information related to safety, quality, and efficacy.
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