PLARIDEL, Bulacan — The Municipal Government of this Bulacan town wants to make sure the Royale Cold Storage facility in its area where the Covid-19 vaccines will be kept in low temperature is ready and problem-free when the country gets its initial batches of vaccine deliveries from COVAX, starting middle of this month.
Plaridel Mayor Tessie Vistan, together with other officials of the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19, recently visited and inspected the facility located in Barangay Bulihan of the town,
“We make sure we have a proper cold storage facility before the vaccines arrive in our town,” she said, adding they have tapped the Royale Cold Storage for the purpose.
The Royale Cold Storage facility, she said, can hold 352,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which is “why we chose it because the facility is world-class and our vaccines will be protected here. We are confident the vaccine will not expire,” she added.
Royal Cold Storage chief executive officer Ferdinand Tongson said storing each palette with 28,000 doses costs only P70 per day. “Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can consistently maintain the right temperature of sensitive products, such as vaccines, at all times, even in the event of a power outage,” he assured.
Tongson said one room of their facility contains 384 pallets that are capable of storing 11,000 doses, adding they will open 16 rooms in February and an additional 16 new rooms with different temperatures that can store 352,000 doses of Covid-19 in March.
AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines require temperature of 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius.
Vistan also said she is ready to get vaccinated first when the vaccines arrived because she belongs to the priority group being a verified senior citizen.
As of last Saturday, the Plaridel Municipal Health Office reported a total of 481 confirmed Covid-19 cases in their area with 17 active cases, 443 recoveries, and 21 fatalities.
COLD STORAGE FACILITY. Plaridel Mayor Tessie Vistan (3rd from right) with her daughter, former Mayor Jocell Vistan-Casaje (right), and other Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19 officials visited Royale Cold Storage facility in Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel, Bulacan on Saturday (Jan. 30, 2021) to check its readiness to keep Covid-19 vaccines. The local government unit of Plaridel tapped the Royale Cold Storage as a storage facility for the coronavirus vaccines. (Photo by Manny Balbin)