CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 16  — The Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (NSPH) received on April 12 a follow up 2,200 single dose vials of Sinovac vaccines from the Department of Health Regional Office 8 intended for the remaining frontliners health workers of the province.

DOH Provincial Chief, Dr. Rommel Francisco, informed in an interview the prioritization based on groups and category.

“Guided by the department memo from national and interim guidelines, the Category A1 which covers Workers in Frontline Health Services has a sub-group A1.1 to A1.7. Coverage of A2 are all senior citizens, A3 are those between 18 to 59 years old with co-morbidities (chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular accident, malignancy, diabetes, obesity, neurologic disease, chronic liver disease, TB, chronic respiratory tract infection, and others).”

“A4 covers frontline personnel in essential sector including uniformed personnel, A5 include indigent population, A6 other frontline workers and special population and A7 remaining population,” Dr. Francisco explained in detail.

As to the number of target priority health workers, Dr. Ninfa Caparoso-Kam, provincial health officer, informed that there are 10,096 health workers at the provincial hospital, private hospitals and Rural Health Units listed for A1. As of April 8, they were able to give vaccine to 2, 836 that is equivalent to 28.1 percent.

With the new arrival of vaccines, the province received a total of 2,500 doses of Sinovac vaccines and 2,470 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. (ADiaz/PIA-N. Samar)