The Manila City government temporarily paused vaccination of senior citizens as its supply of AstraZeneca doses had run out.
Senior citizens who had gone to the inoculation sites were reportedly asked to go home.
Meanwhile, vaccinations for people with comorbidities aged 18 to 59 continued using the China-made Sinovac.
While Sinovac was granted emergency use authorization in the country, there had been no trial data that cleared it for use on senior citizens. The vaccine is currently only being administered to individuals between the ages of 18 to 59.
“Wala pang ebidensya or trial na nasagawa [for] older aged groups para sa bakunang ito; on the side of caution, let’s try to align with EUA indications ng [Food and Drug Administration],” said health undersecretary Rosario Vergeire.
In Quezon City, senior citizens began receiving the first dose of their Covid19 shots last March 30. Joseph Juico, co-chair of the local government’s vaccination task force, reported that more would be inoculated after Holy Week as more AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive.
As of March 28, a total of 18,400 people have been vaccinated, which included 1,110 healthcare workers at the Quezon City General Hospital, 6,815 private and public hospital workers as well as 10,496 essential workers.