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Senior citizens in Cebu City, Naga set for single dose jab

Dianah Rule D. Salinguhay - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City will start inoculating its senior citizen residents with Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine next week.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, City Health Office in-charge, the J&J vaccination will be exclusively administered to three sites only.

“Hopefully magpatabang ta sa atong mga barangay officials. We have updated barangay officials sa masterlisting para mabakunahan gyud nato ang atong mga senior citizens,” said Ibones.

The city has received an allocation of 2,900 vials which equates to 14,500 doses as each vial contains five doses.


Also, a total of 3,250 single dose J&J vaccines arrived in Naga City, Cebu yesterday.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) memorandum, the newly arrived vaccines are reserved only for the senior citizens since they are at greatest risk of severe infection or death.

Based on DOH local data, COVID-19 is more dangerous for the elderly.

The City Government of Naga is urging the senior citizens to get vaccinated to have protection against coronavirus.

The vaccinations are scheduled on July 28 and 29 at the two vaccination centers at Enan Chiong Activity Center (ECAC) and APO Gym. An estimate of 1,625 doses will be vaccinated per day.

Meanwhile, 375 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in Naga City Jail were vaccinated with their first dose Friday at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-Naga facility.

Vaccination of PDLs was facilitated by the City of Naga Vaccination Operations Center headed by Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa T. Chiong and Dr. Camille Peñalosa, head of the City Health Office, along with BJMP personnel led by BJMP Naga City Jail Male Dormitory Warden, Jail Chief Inspector Roberto Cristanto Alpon III. —Brigida R. Gerzon, Ericailah Gerasmio/GMR (FREEMAN)

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