Tacurong City is set to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, tentatively on Saturday, March 6, and will begin inoculation on Monday.

During the Vaccination Process and Simulation meeting on March 3, Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Health Officer, and Dr. Mercedes Manansala, Department of Health (DOH)- Sultan Kudarat representative, reported to City Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla that the city will be given 300 doses of Sinovac vaccine as the first batch, intended for medical frontliners as they are a priority to be vaccinated.

St. Louis Hospital, being a COVID-19 referral hospital in the city, will be given the 300 doses so they can begin the vaccination of their medical workers beginning March 8. DOH has approved the hospital’s 5th floor area as their vaccination venue and will cater to 50 recipients per day.

The next batches of vaccines will be given to the rest of the identified hospitals and the local government unit (LGU) in order to vaccinate the other priority groups in the city such as the senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel.

The vaccination process was also laid out at the meeting by the City Health Office (CHO) spearheaded by Dr. Emilyn Nepucpan and Nurse Gina Ramiscal.

As per approved plan by the LGU and DOH, the City Cultural and Sports Center will be the assigned vaccination venue of the priority, pre-determined recipients from the 20 barangays.

The assigned vaccinators will be composed of 4 teams from the CHO. Each team will cater to 50 recipients per day resulting to 200 vaccinations daily.

The venue’s floor plan will be designed to be conducive and safe for all the steps of the vaccination process.

The City Engineering Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office will be in-charged of the construction while the General Services Office and the City Budget Office shall ensure the necessary supplies of the vaccination efforts.

Meanwhile, the Tacurong City PNP headed by PLT COL JOAN MAGANTO, Joint Task Force Talakudong headed by COL JOEL MAMON, and the Tacurong City – Bureau of Fire Protection headed by SINSP RUPERT CHRISTIAN G BALICOL will provide security and will help ensure that health protocols are followed.

All doses of vaccines that will be received by the city government and will be stored at the LGU’s cold storage facility located at a secured spot at the city hall compound, complete with airconditioning and a backup generator in case of power interruption.

Meanwhile, SUKELCO, through its representative Mark Albert Daulo, has extended its full support to the city’s vaccination efforts and ensured power will be sustained unless in case of fortuitous events or scheduled interruptions, in which case, the electric cooperative has committed to exert full effort in re-establishing power as soon as possible.

The LGU is set to conduct a vaccination process simulation on March 17 in preparation for the next batches of COVID-19 vaccines. (YMR, LGU-Info)