CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination team here is expediting the use of vaccine supplies to avoid expiration, the City Health Office (CHO) said.

In an online briefer Wednesday, Dr. Ted Yu Jr., the CHO medical officer, said a certain number of vaccines here will expire by the end of May.

Yu said the vaccination team, headed by Dr. William Bernardo, who is also the acting city health officer, has been consistent in their monitoring to assure that no vaccines would go to waste.

"We have vaccines that will expire by the end of May, but you need not worry as we have a daily monitoring and inventory system with regard to our vaccines," Yu said.

Yu said the city government has been continuously conducting daily Covid-19 inoculations, not just to improve the vaccination coverage, but also to utilize all the vaccines that have been allocated by the Department of Health (DOH).

Apart from the regular vaccination in mega sites here, there are also vaccination rollouts in barangay health centers, bus terminals, drive-through stations, and house-to-house.

Overall, the city has tallied 547,700 fully vaccinated individuals, which is equivalent to a 91 percent vaccination rate from the city's total target population of 599,929.

Of the fully vaccinated, 119,006 individuals or 22.71 percent of the target population have received their booster shots, while 29,170 just received their first dose of vaccine.

The city government earlier said it intends to increase the vaccination coverage of children aged 5 to 11-years-old through the walk-in process. (PNA)