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A2 and A3 in Sarangani’s far-flung areas priority for Johnson and Johnson vax

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 12, 2021) - Sarangani’s first allocation of US-donated Covid-19 jabs from Johnson and Johnson which arrived on July 26 is expected to inoculate more than 20,000 qualified individuals under A2 and A3 categories in the province’s geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

A2 refers to the senior citizen population which ranked second in the five priority groups for vaccination while the A3 group are those with comorbidities.

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said based on the “guideline from DOH,” the rollout of Jenssen shots is intended in GIDA or remote barangays in the province.

He said this single-dose vaccine is ideal for A2 and A3 residents in far-flung areas “para hindi na natin sila babalikan for the second dose.”

Dr. Sharir Dulduco, Department of Health (DOH) provincial officer for Sarangani, also said administering single-dose vaccines for GIDA areas is “an ideal set up. Kahit doon sa malalayo, kahit walang Covid, darating din ang panahon na may makapasok na may Covid. So, we have to vaccinate them.”

The 4,100 vials of Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines were transported from the DOH Region 12 in which Dr. Dulduco explained each vial is good for five vaccinees.

Dr. Dulduco said it was the commitment of the National Task Force against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., in a meeting on June 20 with local government and regional officials of Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) to give Sarangani allocation of Jenssen vaccines.

From the 3.2 million doses of Jenssen vaccines donated by the United States and delivered to the country through the COVAX global vaccine pool, Region 12 received a total of 148,700 doses on July 19.

As of August 4, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded a total of 35,713 doses of Covid-19 shots administered in the province.

From the initial allocation of 20,500 doses that the province got so far for Jenssen vaccines, a total of 8,041 was already administered or a 43.8% consumption rate.

Dr. Dulduco said as soon as vaccination for A1, A2, and A3 would be completed, the provincial government would immediately rollout for the A4 or the frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel.

With more than 600,000 population in Sarangani, the PHO targets to vaccinate about 479,000 individuals.

Dr. Alejandro said the province’s vaccine allocation “is not enough though we are given an assurance that all targeted population will be provided. It is just that hindi kasi ‘yan naibibigay one time. That will depend also on the availability of the COVAX facility providing to other countries like the Philippines. So, doon din ‘yun nanggagaling ang ating appropriations.”

However, the provincial government, he said, has not yet considered the option of procuring vaccines “as we are assured by the President that all targeted population shall be provided by national government.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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