THE Cagayan de Oro City is set to receive more anti-COVID vaccines, especially booster shots.
Deputy Speaker and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said national vaccination czar Sec. Carlito Galvez has approved his request for additional booster jabs for his city.
Rodriguez expressed gratitude to Galvez , adding the boosters would be coursed through the National Vaccination Operations Center headed by Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje.
“We expect delivery in the coming days. We need more vaccines in Cagayan de Oro to inoculate more people. We haven’t achieved herd immunity yet. Those who have completed their two doses need a booster shot amid the threat of the Omicron variant,” Rodriguez said.
“COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila are exponentially rising. Our cases in our city are also significantly going up. Whenever Metro Manila experiences a surge, other cities and provinces are affected. The booster vaccines could save lives and prevent people from getting hospitalized,” he added.
Cagayan de Oro logged 11, 16 and 26 COVID-19 cases on January 4, 5 and 6, respectively. On January 7, it had 43 cases.
Last December 29, Rodriguez sent letters to Galvez and the Department of Health, asking for more booster Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be administered to frontline medical workers, senior citizens, persons with commodities, and frontline personnel in essential sectors in Cagayan de Oro.
He said those belonging to the A1, A2 and A3 priority groups were vaccinated in April or May with the Chinese-made Sinovac and the United Kingdom’s AstraZeneca.
“Based on the DOH mix-and-match advisory, they could receive Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna as booster. However, many of them would prefer Pfizer or Moderna,” he said.