Marikina to hire more staff for COVID-19 vaccine drive

The local plans to hire 240 more individuals to work for the city’s vaccine drive against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Marikina Marcy Teodoro, this is in addition to the 120 people currently vaccinated in their city.

Vaccination personnel will include injectors and will oversee registration, counseling, and observation areas.

“Pag nakabuo tayo inaasahan natin na full blast, tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabakuna natin syempre ito ay ayon, batay o depende sa availability ng bakunang manggagaling sa Department of Health kaya, yun ang pinapaliwanag namin sa Department of Health, logistically o in terms of manning personnel nakahanda tayo,” said Teodoro.

He said the supply of vaccines is just a problem because they are still waiting for vaccines from the DOH.

“Meron pa tayong 1,600 na natitira, ngayon tuloy-tuloy ba binabakuna inaasahan natin ilang araw, maaaring 1-2 araw mauubos na ito at sana bago maubos ito ay dumating na ang bagong delivery ng DOH,” said Teodoro.

So far, up to 3.025 million COVID-19 vaccines have been received by the government.

The aims to vaccinate about 70 million people or 2/3 of the country’s population by 2020.

An additional 500,000 doses of Sinovac are expected to arrive this Thursday.

This is part of the 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines expected to arrive in two weeks.

Over 1 million Pinoys receive COVID-19 vaccine

More than 1.3 million Filipinos have been vaccinated against COVID-19 during the ’s two-month vaccination program.

According to data released by the Department of Health (DOH), as of April 21, 1,562,563 vaccine doses have been given.

Of that number, 1,353,107 received the first doses while 209,456 were given the second dose.

Up to 3,025,600  have arrived in the  and have been distributed to various local governments in the country.

According to the DOH, Sinovac’s supply is enough to give the second dose to those who have already been given the first dose. AstraZeneca’s supply is expected to arrive to give the second dose to those who were injected with the first dose.

Currently, less than 43,835 individuals are vaccinated per day. This is below the average of 47,545 on April 13th.

Meanwhile, vaccine czar  Jr. said Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and Pfizer would arrive by next week.