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News Manila administers Sputnik V to medical frontliners


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Sep 24, 2018
THE City of Manila rolled out the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines to medical frontliners of six district and national government hospitals on Tuesday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd administered the Gamaleya Research Institute-manufactured jab to the first recipient, Walter Regonan, Senior Administrative 1 of the Sta. Ana Hospital.

As of posting time, 70 percent of the hospital medical workers have been vaccinated, Dr. Grace Padilla, Sta. Ana Hospital director, said.

Also present in the event were Dr. Gloria Balboa, Health Assistant Secretary Elmer G. Punzalan; and Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan.

Lacuna said 120 individuals registered to get vaccinated with Sputnik V.

Meanwhile, leftover vaccines from the A1 category or medical frontliners will be administered to the next category or the A2 Priority Group.

The Sputnik V jab was part of the 3,000 doses Manila received from the national government on Monday afternoon.

Duque added that another 485,000 doses is expected to arrive at the end of the month.

The Russian-made vaccine has an efficacy rate of 91.6 percent. And like most Covid-19 vaccines, Sputnik V requires two doses.

Its reported side effects such as flu-like symptoms, arm soreness, and headaches.