Oro opens 2 new vax sites, ramps up jab rollout

By : Bobby Lagsa Mindanao Today/12:35:25pm 09/06/2021


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A nurse administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the newly opened Cugman Elementary School vaccination site in Cagayan de Oro City recently. (Bobby Lagsa | Mindanao Today)


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government of Cagayan de Oro has opened two additional vaccination sites to speed up the vaccine rollout against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the city.

The Cugman Elementary School opened its facilities for vaccination on Monday, August 30, 2021, while the Bulua National High School site started on August 24, 2021.

These vaccination sites are the newest addition to the 11 inoculation venues in the city.

The city is currently utilizing four commercial establishments – Lim Ket Kai Mall, SM downtown, Ayala Sentrio, Robinson’s Mall and Gaisano Mall – to accommodate more residents who are to be vaccinated.

It has also tapped six hospitals for that purpose, namely, Camp Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital, Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, Capitol University Medical Center, Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, Sabal Hospital, and Northern Mindanao Medical Center.

Mayor Oscar Moreno has set an ambitious deadline to vaccinate 518,518 or 71.1 percent city residents by the end of this month.

The city has a population of 728,402, according to the 2020 Philippine Statistics Authority.

Earlier this year, the city government has earmarked close to P500 million to purchase vaccines for its residents.

Dr. William Bernardo, acting city health officer, earlier said that they have been targeting an average of 5,000 inoculations a day, but with the opening of two Cugman and Bulua vaccination sites, the city has added 1,200 doses per day.

The Bulua vaccination site has increased its daily allocation from 500 doses to 700 after more residents from the western part of the city started flocking there instead of the malls which are located on the eastern side.

At Cugman, Marilou Dubria, city health office nurse, the team leader of the area’s vaccination site said that since Monday, Aug. 30, they have been inoculating 500 residents.

“We have an allocation of 500 doses. Today, we have 300 Moderna and 200 AstraZeneca doses,” Dubria said, adding that the following day, they administered Sinovac doses.

The Cugman site caters to residents from the city’s eastern area – from Barangay Bugo to Lapasan, while the Bulua site is catering to the western barangays of the city.

Residents are still required to show their pre-registration and text bearing their reference code.

The city health insurance office-data management team has reminded residents to follow their category and prioritization following the guidelines set by the Department of Health.

“You still need to be registered with the city vaccination system. Some residents still choose to go to the mall for their vaccine, but personally, I like it here, it is an open-air vaccination site,” Dubria said.

She said that her team is composed of 70 members coming from different government agencies.

“We have the Department of Education for the counseling, we have DOH staff, barangay staffs, nurses and doctors from the City Health Office,” Dubria added.

Dr. Ted Yu, city health medical officer, said that they are now going to the cluster of barangays to achieve the vaccination plan of the city government.

Moreno earlier said that the city government has clustered barangays for the fast and efficient vaccine rollout of the city.

He said that they also have been on a hiring mode for medical workers to augment the number of health workers of the city especially on the hospital frontlines and vaccine rollout.

“On top of the hiring of the DOH, we need to do our own hiring to accelerate our vaccination,” the mayor said.

Data from the City Health Office showed that as of August 31, 2021, the city government has fully vaccinated 94,620 residents while 200,065 residents have gotten their first dose or 294,685 doses administered.


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