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The Visayas COVID-19 Vaccination Operation Center reported that Cebu has an oversupply of COVID-19 vaccines amidst the continued dwindling of number of Cebuanos having themselves vaccinated.

“Marami po tayong bakuna. We have ample supply, we have enough supply and more than enough supply of vaccines. Hindi po pwede ang dahilan na kulang ang bakuna para sabihin na hindi natin ma attain ang ating target na population na dapat mabakunahan,” said VVOC spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche in her daily briefing today, September 24, 2021.

As of today, Metro Cebu has a total inventory of 30,428 doses for the first dose and 173,082 doses for the second dose.

“Ngayon kung sakali hindi natin kayang yan na ipatakbo yung ang ating mga bakuna, ang mangyayari po sa susunod na deliveries pag may dumating sa national government instead na magkaroon nang allocation for Cebu, ang mangyayari ibigay muna sa ibang region na nangangailangan nang bakuna na mas mabilis magbakuna,” said Loreche, who is also the chief pathologist of the Department of Health-7.

Loreche added that the national directive is very clear, wherein Cebu is being prioritized.

“We are included in the priority areas for vaccination considering we are an economic hub. So ang directive is we have to be included in the prioritization for allocation of the vaccines,” Loreche said.

Loreche added that for the Metro Cebu from September 13 to 17, the target for the first dose is 141,750 doses but only 25,891 doses were administered. While 55,413 doses were administered for the second dose out of the 64,703 target.

“Meron tayong ample, adequate, oversupply of vaccines. Vaccines is not an issue. Vaccines is available. Kailangan lang natin patakbuhin ito,” Loreche added.

Loreche is likewise thanking the local government units of Cebu for doing their very best to have their constituents vaccinated.

As of September 23, 2021, in Cebu Island there were already 1,938,358 doses that were administered wherein 1,063,631 doses for the first dose and 874,827 doses for the second dose. (By: April Therese Tan)

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