Palu (ANTARA) - The provincial government of Central Sulawesi has received 1,430 vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the central government as part of efforts to battle coronavirus transmission and expedite herd immunity.
"Yes, the Moderna vaccine will be optimally used to prevent the spread of COVID-19," head of the health service division of the Central Sulawesi Provincial Health Office, Jumriani Yunus, informed here on Monday.
The Sulawesi provincial government received 1,430 vials of the Moderna vaccine, sent by the central government, on July 29, 2021, he said.
Currently, the Moderna vaccines are being stored in a warehouse owned by the Central Sulawesi provincial government and managed by the local Health Office, he added.
The 1,430 vials of the Moderna vaccine would be used or prioritized for health workers serving in hospitals and health centers, Yunus revealed.
In addition, the Moderna vaccine will also be prioritized for health workers providing health services to residents outside hospitals and health centers, he said.
"The Moderna vaccines will be prioritized for health workers in districts and cities throughout Central Sulawesi province," he stressed.
The government will soon distribute the Moderna vaccines to supplement the vaccination programs, he added.
This, he said, is in accordance with the instructions of the Governor of Central Sulawesi, Rusdy Mastura, who has requested that the Moderna vaccine be immediately distributed to districts and cities as per the quota allotted to each government.
Through the Health Office, the Central Sulawesi provincial government has expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health would immediately send Moderna shipments under Phase II to accelerate and optimize vaccinations in the province.