VACCINES FOR CARAGA. DOH-13 director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. (right) personally supervises the unloading of the 9,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines that arrive at the Bancasi Airport in Butuan City on Friday (March 5, 2021). The vaccines are allocated for some 4,500 health workers in the region. (Photo courtesy of PIA-Caraga)

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health in Caraga Region (DOH-13) formally received 9,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines on Friday.

The vaccines arrived at around 11 a.m. at the Bancasi Airport here through Philippine Airlines Flight PR2934.

DOH-13 director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. spearheaded the acceptance and supervised the unloading of the vaccines and the delivery from the airport to a designated storage area.

In a press conference conducted on Thursday, Llacuna said the Caraga Region targets to inoculate around 4,500 healthcare workers on the priority list.

“The priority workers are presently working in 11 level-2 public and private hospitals in the different provinces in the region,” Llacuna said.

The vaccines are now stored at the DOH-13 facility in Barangay Doongan here.

The vaccination of the health workers in the region is expected to commence on Monday. (PNA)