BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
About 1,000 minors and their guardians yesterday registered for vaccination at the Magikland theme park in Silay City, as the provincial government of Negros Occidental started its mass vaccination activities in tourism facilities, Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz said.
Other sites for pediatric vaccination in the province are Cadiz District Hospital and Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Silay City Adminsitrator Jose Edward Davila and Diaz witnessed the mass vaccination activity for minors aged 12 to 17 at Magikland.
Magikland management announced that minors who will be vaccinated can get free entrance tickets that they can use a week after they get their jabs.
Magikland marketing manager Jessric Naria said that the mass vaccination program, in tandem with the Provincial Health Office, is their corporate social responsibility efforts to help government get more people vaccinated.
Vaccination for minors is also ongoing in all local government units of the province, with prior registration to the respective city/municipal health offices.
Naria said that the first phase of vaccination activities at the park will be until December 16 this year, and will resume in the second week of January 2022.
He, however, stressed that the free tickets, which is good for three months, can only be used a week after the vaccination of the minors. It is good only every Friday and Saturday of the week, Naria added.
The establishment of vaccination centers in tourism facilities form part of the campaign of the provincial government of Negros Occidental to increase the number of vaccinated individuals as it aims to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by February next year.*