BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Bacolod City will receive 15,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week to boost the vaccination rollout of the city, executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center told the DAILY STAR yesterday.
Ang said the Moderna jabs will be used to inoculate health workers, frontliners, senior citizens, persons with co-morbidities, and indigent persons.
Earlier, Councilor Renecito Novero authored a resolution asking the national government for a substantial allocation of the Moderna vaccine.
Novero said the Philippines received three million doses of the Moderna jab donated by the United States of America to augment the vaccination rollout of the country, adding that Moderna has announced that its jabs have a 90-percent efficacy rate and proven to be 95 percent effective for severe cases.
With the arrival of the Moderna vaccines, the total number of jabs that Bacolod will have received from the national government stood at about 223,850 doses, EOC records show.
So far, Bacolod has received 208,850 combined doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen, and Pfizer vaccines from the national government.
The City has also procured 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca using local funds, and 18,700 doses had arrived on July 19.
The EOC also said that nearly 200,000 Bacolodnons have been inoculated against Covid-19 since last month, with 70,000 fully vaccinated.
Despite the arrival of more vaccines, Ang said Bacolod does not need to have more vaccination sites.
At present, the city has 32 vaccination centers, including those at City Malls at Goldenfield commercial complex and Mandalagan, Robinsons Place, Ayala Malls Capitol Central, and SM City Bacolod, and in various barangays and schools.*