FIRST BATCH OF J&J’S JANSSEN, ADDITIONAL ASTRAZENECA VACCINES REACH EASTERN VISAYAS; VACCINE ROLL-OUT IS INTENSIFIED FOR A2, A3 IN GIDA MUNICIPALITIES

Press Release as of July 19, 2021

A total of 131,200 doses of Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen Ad26.CoV2.S vaccine, commonly referred to as J&J or Janssen vaccine, and three (3) boxes enclosing a total of 8,300 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive in Eastern Visayas today, July 19. This is the region’s first allocation of the Janssen vaccine from the national government after receiving recent shipments containing a total of 3.2 million doses of the said vaccine donated by the US government, so far. 

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. Earlier said that at least 100,000 doses of the single-shot vaccine will be distributed to each region in the country. With this confirmation, the arrival of J&J’s vaccine in the region has been anticipated by the Department of Health Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH EVCHD) and processed an inventory for its pre-allocation to the different cities and provinces in Region VIII.

Unlike other vaccines developed against the COVID-19 virus, the J&J vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose only. This means that the public need not worry about getting a second dose and making sure that it will be available at the right time- due to constraints in vaccine availability in the country and in the region. With this, it is expected that more target areas classified as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) with an eligible population under Priority Groups A2 and A3, or the senior citizens, and adults with comorbidities, will be reached, making it easier for the region to roll out and further expand its vaccination drive. The primary goal for this single-shot vaccine is to give accessibility to communities isolated due to distance and transportation difficulties, since they don’t have to come back for a second dose, potentially easing its distribution.

Meanwhile, the recent delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines will be split to the city of Ormoc and the municipality of Palompon in Leyte. The local government units mentioned directly procured the AstraZeneca vaccines from its manufacturer, using their own funds, following the tripartite mechanism with the DOH EVCHD and the Regional Task Force against COVID-19. Ormoc City gets a total of 7,700 doses and 600 doses for Palompon.

To date, Eastern Visayas has received a total of 663,950 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the national government. Four months since the region launched its immunization drive, a total of 268,029 individuals have received their first dose where 119,720 of them already received their second dose and are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These numbers will continue to grow as the recently delivered vaccines are expected to boost the region’s vaccination efforts as it races against the daily attack rate of COVID-19 cases in the region.

The DOH EVCHD, together with its partner agencies, will continue its unprecedented efforts, in its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out from the planning to supporting the vaccination activities for priority, at-risk populations such as the vulnerable groups, the elderly, or those with underlying health conditions. 

Vaccination is an additional armament against the severe form of COVID-19 and will help decrease the mortality and morbidity rates in relation to COVID-19 in the region. With the help of these vaccines, the body can be spared from getting any dreadful effect of this infection, and this protection is extended to family, friends, and the community. The DOH EVCHD reminds everyone- vaccinated or not- to continue to adhere to public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing face masks and face shields, hand, and respiratory hygiene, and ensuring good ventilation by opening windows and doors where possible as vaccines do not replace the important prevention measures that are currently being practiced, these are additional layers of protection against the severe form of COVID-19.

The public is reminded to observe and embody the agency’s BIDA Solusyon Plus advocacy. “B – Bawal walang mask; I – I-sanitize ang mga kamay. D – Dumistansya ng isang metro; and A – alamin ang totoong impormasyon; and Plus – suportahan ang FDA-approved bakuna.”

FIRST BATCH OF J&J’S JANSSEN, ADDITIONAL ASTRAZENECA VACCINES REACH EASTERN VISAYAS; VACCINE ROLL-OUT IS INTENSIFIED FOR A2, A3 IN GIDA MUNICIPALITIES

A total of 131,200 doses of Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen Ad26.CoV2.S vaccine, commonly referred to as J&J or Janssen vaccine, and three (3) boxes enclosing a total of 8,300 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive in Eastern Visayas today, July 19. This is the region’s first allocation of the Janssen vaccine from the national government after receiving recent shipments containing a total of 3.2 million doses of the said vaccine donated by the US government, so far. 

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. Earlier said that at least 100,000 doses of the single-shot vaccine will be distributed to each region in the country. With this confirmation, the arrival of J&J’s vaccine in the region has been anticipated by the Department of Health Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH EVCHD) and processed an inventory for its pre-allocation to the different cities and provinces in Region VIII.

Unlike other vaccines developed against the COVID-19 virus, the J&J vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose only. This means that the public need not worry about getting a second dose and making sure that it will be available at the right time- due to constraints in vaccine availability in the country and in the region. With this, it is expected that more target areas classified as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) with an eligible population under Priority Groups A2 and A3, or the senior citizens, and adults with comorbidities, will be reached, making it easier for the region to roll out and further expand its vaccination drive. The primary goal for this single-shot vaccine is to give accessibility to communities isolated due to distance and transportation difficulties, since they don’t have to come back for a second dose, potentially easing its distribution.

Meanwhile, the recent delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines will be split to the city of Ormoc and the municipality of Palompon in Leyte. The local government units mentioned directly procured the AstraZeneca vaccines from its manufacturer, using their own funds, following the tripartite mechanism with the DOH EVCHD and the Regional Task Force against COVID-19. Ormoc City gets a total of 7,700 doses and 600 doses for Palompon.

To date, Eastern Visayas has received a total of 663,950 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the national government. Four months since the region launched its immunization drive, a total of 268,029 individuals have received their first dose where 119,720 of them already received their second dose and are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These numbers will continue to grow as the recently delivered vaccines are expected to boost the region’s vaccination efforts as it races against the daily attack rate of COVID-19 cases in the region.

The DOH EVCHD, together with its partner agencies, will continue its unprecedented efforts, in its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out from the planning to supporting the vaccination activities for priority, at-risk populations such as the vulnerable groups, the elderly, or those with underlying health conditions. 

Vaccination is an additional armament against the severe form of COVID-19 and will help decrease the mortality and morbidity rates in relation to COVID-19 in the region. With the help of these vaccines, the body can be spared from getting any dreadful effect of this infection, and this protection is extended to family, friends, and the community. The DOH EVCHD reminds everyone- vaccinated or not- to continue to adhere to public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing face masks and face shields, hand, and respiratory hygiene, and ensuring good ventilation by opening windows and doors where possible as vaccines do not replace the important prevention measures that are currently being practiced, these are additional layers of protection against the severe form of COVID-19.

The public is reminded to observe and embody the agency’s BIDA Solusyon Plus advocacy. “B – Bawal walang mask; I – I-sanitize ang mga kamay. D – Dumistansya ng isang metro; and A – alamin ang totoong impormasyon; and Plus – suportahan ang FDA-approved bakuna.”

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