BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental has been assured of 25,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine by Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 Response Vince Dizon, for the inoculation of minors with ages from five to 11, disclosed Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diazyesterday.
Diaz said that the Hospital Operations Department and the Provincial Health Office thanked Dizon for allocating more vaccines for pediatrics inoculation in the province.
The vaccines are expected by Diaz to arrive today.
With COVID-19 active cases steadily going down to 92 as of March 6, Diaz also congratulated Negrenses for a united effort in fighting against COVID-19, after a long, long period of sacrifices.
“We’re almost there. Hopefully, the pandemic will turn into endemic soon”, Diaz said.
Diaz also reported that Negros Occidental had only five new cases on Sunday, with one each for five local government units, which he described as a good sign “on our way to new normal.”
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson expects the downgrading of Negros Occidental alert level from 2 to 1 by March 16.
“We have enough time to prepare for that,” Lacson said.
But he stressed that Negrenses should continue to practice minimum health protocols.
The World Health Organization may announce that the COVID-19 pandemic’s status will shift to an endemic status by September.
Diaz also reported that occupancy of Cadiz District Hospital for COVID-19 patients is now down to 19 percent, mostly suffering from mild symptoms.*