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Bacolod gets Moderna vaccine

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Executive director Em Ang (center) of the Emergency Operations Center and health personnel received the initial doses of Moderna vaccine that arrived in Bacolod City yesterday*

More Covid-19 jabs arrived in Bacolod yesterday to augment the city’s vaccination rollout.

Executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center said among the jabs that arrived were 14,980 doses of Moderna vaccine from the national government.

She said this will be used to inoculate healthcare workers, persons with comorbidities, senior citizens, and indigent residents.

Ang added that the city also received 10,000 vials of Sinovac vaccine.

The latest vaccine delivery brings the total number of doses received by Bacolod since March 5 to about 254,860, the EOC records showed.

Moderna is also the fifth brand to be used in the city government’s vaccination campaign aside from Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccines.

As of Monday, the recovery rate in Bacolod stood at 92.29 percent, with the recuperation of 14,549 Covid patients out of 15,764 recorded infections.

The EOC said 847 remained as active cases, or about 5 percent of the total confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic last year, while there were 365 deaths, representing 2.3 percent of the total Covid cases.

Dr. Chris Sorongon of the EOC said these statistical data are necessary because they are the gate-keeping parameters to determine the city’s quarantine status.

Sorongon said it also indicates the effectivity of the strategies that the city is adopting against the spread of the disease.

“If the recovery rate, for example, is high, that means only a few patients who contracted the disease are in the facilities and hospitals,” Sorongon said.

“If we look at our recovery rate which is at 92 percent, it indicates that for every 10 Covid positive cases, nine have already recovered,” he said.

Sorongon added that the statistical data will give the community a sense of security, knowing that only a few were infected.

POSITIVITY RATE

Sorongon added that the positivity rate defines the attack rate.

“If you have a 70 percent positivity rate, that goes to show that seven out of 10 tested are positive and that equates to higher attack rate,” he said.

The positivity rate, as of Saturday, was 26 percent, based on the report of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

Knowing the positivity rate could help the city define its strategies and indicates the effectiveness of the vaccination rollout, Sorongon added.*

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