The initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines will be distributed to at least seven inoculation sites in Metro Manila cities namely Manila City, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the vaccines will be distributed to Makati Coliseum, Lakeshore Vaccination Hub, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Sta. Ana Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, Asian Hospital, and Ospital ng Muntinlupa.
Each cities will be given 3,000 doses each to use on remaining healthcare workers and people with comorbidities.
Over the weekend, the country received the first batch of vaccines made by Gamaleya Research in Russia after several delays due to ‘logistical reasons.’
According to Vergeire, the official rollout of the Sputnik V vaccines will be considered as initial implementation in Metro Manila as it is the first time that the country will handle a vaccine with a different storage requirement.
The two other vaccines available in the country, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca, can be kept at normal fridge temperature.
The Russian vaccine, meanwhile, must be stored with a temperature not exceeding -18 degrees Celsius.
Vergeire added that they are already in talks with private logistical companies to help transport the vaccines to urbanized areas in Davao, Cebu, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Western Visayas.
Currently, the government is negotiating to buy 20 million doses of Sputnik V, as part of its target to inoculate up to 70 million adults this year.
It has so far received 4.04 million vaccine doses, more than 86% of which were from China’s Sinovac Biotech and the rest from AstraZeneca through the COVAX facility.