Manila City officials Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna received some 3,000 doses of Russian manufacturer Gamelaya’s Sputnik V Covid19 vaccine on May 3, subsequently calling on those belonging to the A1 category composed of doctors, nurses and other health frontliners who have not gotten vaccinated to get their jabs.
Moreno said the city government will deploy the vaccines as soon as it gets the go signal from the Department of Health (DOH), as he thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III and National Task Force Against Covid19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. for the vaccine allotment given to Manila.
Part of the receiving party were Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold Pangan and Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla, who immediately effected the transfer of the said doses to designated storage facilities within their respective hospitals.
According to Moreno, based on the priority list set by the national government, the city of Manila will go back to the same steps which is first vaccinating those belonging to the A1 category before moving on to the next.
He added that some from the A1 category remain unvaccinated either because they are waiting for their preferred brand or were infected with Covid19.
The Sputnik V doses, he said, have a 91.6% efficacy and on deployment, they have to be used at once due to special handling requirements once they are removed from the storage facility, “kaya kailangan confirmed na darating ka.”
He also said that the new vaccines may be used for those aged 18 and above. ANDI GARCIA