Muntinlupa halts Sinovac’s second dose vaccination
The local government of Muntinlupa, through the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac), has announced the suspension of 2nd dose vaccination using Sinovac Life Sciences’ CoronaVac vaccine due to the limited new supply.
“Ipagpapaliban muna ang pagbabakuna sa mga nakatakdang tumanggap ng 2nd dose ng SINOVAC sa lahat ng ating vaccination sites mula July 12, 2021 hanggang sa dumating ang panibagong supply mula sa National Government,” MunCoVac posted in its Facebook page.
However, suspension of 2nd dose vaccination of Sinovac in Festival Mall and SM Muntinlupa vaccination sites will start on July 13.
The local government made the decision following the issuance of National Task Force Against COVID-19 Advisory No. 62 regarding the delay in the arrival of new Sinovac vaccines in the country.
MunCoVac further explained that as per NTF Advisory No. 62, DOH All Experts Group on Vaccines assures that prolonging the interval period between the first and second dose for three (3) to six (6) months is acceptable if delivery of COVID-19 vaccines is affected by the global vaccine supply.
Upon the delivery of new supply, second dose recipients who were affected by the adjustment in schedule will be prioritized.
Meanwhile, the second dose vaccination of Pfizer-BioNTech recipients will continue in SM Center Muntinlupa, Ayala Malls South Park, and Festival UG Floor Parking with adjusted schedules. Second dose recipients of Pfizer-BioNTech are advised to follow their updated schedules and instructions indicated in the text message from MunCoVac.
First dose vaccination is still temporarily suspended due to shortage in supply. Scheduling for 1st dose will resume upon the arrival of new vaccines from the national government.
Further, there will be no vaccination in the following vaccination sites until the delivery of new vaccines: New Cupang Health Center, Sucat Covered Court, Biazon Covered Court in NHA-Southville 3, and De La Salle Santiago Zobel School.
As of July 9, there are 218,064 vaccines deployed in Muntinlupa, of which 152,900 are first dose (39.6% of the target) and 65,164 are second dose. While, there are 279,709 registered individuals in MunCoVac, translating to 72.5% of the target population to be vaccinated.
Muntinlupa targets to inoculate 385,725 residents which is 70% of 551,036, the city’s estimated population for 2020.
For more information and inquiries, visit the MunCoVac Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MunCoVac.
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