Elderly next in COVID jabs drive in Capiz

ROXAS CITY – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ramon Alex Nolasco said that vaccination of senior citizens and those with comorbidities sectors of the province’s population will start within this May.

Nolasco added that the A2 and A3 priority groups will take part from the 12,700 doses of the Sinovac vaccine that arrived in the province early May.

“After the workers in frontline health services, they will be next,” he noted.

The ongoing vaccination campaign in the province has already inoculated the first dose of the anti-COVID-19 shot to 5,333 medical frontliners as of the May 4 Provincial Health Office’s vaccination report.

The total number is composed of 5,197 vaccinees who received Sinovac shot and 136 for AstraZeneca.

Governor Esteban Evan Contreras as well as mayors Mac Artur Valdermar and Tito Mayo of Jamindan and Cuartero towns, respectively, led the Sinovac vaccinees in the province.

The elected officials were included in the priority list for vaccination as stipulated in Advisory No. 26 issued by the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) last April.

The PHO report revealed that 2,937 from those who received the first dose have also got their second shot.

Meanwhile, comorbid conditions include obesity, tuberculosis, immunodeficiency state, diabetes, hypertension, malignancy, neurologic disease, chronic liver disease, cerebrovascular accident, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, neurologic disease, and chronic respiratory tract infection.*PIA with a report from Ralph John Mijares