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Bacolod to launch 24-hour vax drive

The vaccination drive of Bacolod City goes on a 24-hour shift as the Emergency Operations Center strategizes a plan of action to control the spread of Covid-19 infections and sustain the downtrend of cases.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia, City Administrator Em Legaspi Ang, EOC concurrent executive director and CoVaC coordinator, and councilors Cindy Rojas and Renecito Novero, the heads of the task groups on returning residents and quarantine centers action team, respectively, ended their meeting on vaccination concerns and the Delta variant past midnight yesterday, to identify measures to ensure the safety of residents, whom they asked to avoid crowded places and continue to observe minimum health protocols.

This developed as the EOC developed yet another innovation, a 24-hour shift, to widen the vaccination drive of the city government.

The round-the-clock vaccination jab, Ang said, will be launched on August 30, to coincide with the National Heroes’ Day celebration.

Anti-Covid jabs will be administered by the team of OIC City Health Officer Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr. at the 2nd floor of Jollibee at Burgos-Gatuslao streets, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

PRIORITY

Priority for the first dose will be city residents belonging to A1 to A5 categories.

Those qualified must bring any government-issued ID, and the confirmation of their online registration through tinyurl.com/bcdceironline.

After the launching, the regular vaccination at the fast-food eatery will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and will continue as long as residents would want to get inoculated.

Also on Monday, the city will launch its third Vax-i bus, under its mobile vaccination drive, courtesy of Merczi, at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds, a press release from the city said.

Earlier, the LGU converted one of its buses as the first Vax-i unit, while Vallacar Transit Inc. loaned it another bus for the program.

Leonardia said that with the Vax-i, that targets market vendors and drivers, together with the ongoing onsite vaccination of thousands of Business Process Outsourcing employees, the drive-thru vaccination at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, and mall-based campaigns and regular vax jabs in barangays, schools and health centers, the city will be able to hasten efforts to achieve herd immunity.*

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