BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is stepping up its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, with 123,734 Negrenses fully vaccinated, equivalent to less than 10 percent of the targeted vaccinees, as of Monday, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.
Of the fully vaccinated individuals, Diaz said 18,628 belong to the A1 category, or health workers, A2 or senior citizens – 36,483, and A3 or persons with comorbities – 68,623. This was on top of the 68,822, who availed of the first dose, he added.
Diaz, noting a backlog in the A2 category, stressed the need for the Provincial Health Office, city or municipal health offices to intensify their vaccination campaigns to convince seniors to avail of the free vaccines.
He also said that the possibility of bringing the rollout to the barangay level is now being strategized with the different LGUs, especially on the needed logistical requirements.
“But what we are proud of is that almost all vaccines given to us by the Department of Health have been immediately delivered to local government units, within five days of receipt,” he added.
The PHO is set to dispatch 50,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine purchased by the national government to the LGUs to be used for the inoculation of those in the A4 category, or the economic workers.
Diaz said many in the A4 category are willing to get vaccinated.
The 2,940 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine purchased by the provincial government of Negros Occidental were already administered to economic workers since last week at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City.
He said the vaccines purchased by the national government may now be utilized for the inoculation of the A4 category, since these were not donated by the Covax facility of the World Health Organization.*