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Bacolod tops pediatric vax drive again

Bacolod City remains the top performing local government unit nationwide in the ongoing vaccination campaign of minors aged 12 to 17 years old.

This was disclosed yesterday by Dr. Edwin Miraflor, Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, who shared the Department of Health updates on the national Pediatric A3 vaccination drive and the rest of pediatric population (ROPP) with the COVID-19 Vaccination Council (COVAC) headed by Coordinator Em Legaspi-Ang.

Ang said the numbers for Bacolod City are indicative of the wide reach of the EOC’s information efforts and parents’ deep concern to ensure the health and safety of their children, including those with co-morbidities.

Bacolod City actually held two national records as of Nov. 6 – the highest number of Pediatric A3 vaxxed at 813 and the most number of ROPPs from the general population inoculated at 2,653 – for a total of 3,466 minor vaccinees as of date, Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC -TF deputy for medical, data analysis and management.

This is the third time in-a-row that Bacolod topped the DOH ranking since the national government’s launch of the vaccination for minors in late October, Sorongon said.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia was elated upon learning the DOH report, saying it is encouraging to see the outcomes to get those in the Pediatric A3 priority jabbed since October 29 at the Riverside College and the vaccination of the 12-17 minors from the general population or the ROPPs that were conducted by the EOC-TF, CHO and the COVID Vaccination Council starting November 3 at the SMX Convention Center and the Ayala Malls Capitol Central, being recognized nationally.

“Our gains to vaccinate the targeted general population, and now the Pediatric A3 category and the ROPPs, are attributed to the commitment of our medical frontliners, who after more than one year since the health pandemic was declared, continue to work tirelessly day and night. Their work attitude is, no doubt, highly commendable,” Leonardia said.

Bacolod was followed in the DOH ranking by Vigan City in Region 1 (Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center) with 133 minors with co-morbidities vaccinated and 1,464 ROPPs jabbed for a combined 1,578 vaccinees; Isabela Province, Region 2 (Faustino N. Sy Memorial Hospital), 808; City of San Fernando, Region 3 (San Fernando General Hospital), 571, and Ilagan, Isabela, l Region 2 (City of Ilagan Medical Center), 553.

Rounding out the Top 10 were General Santos City with 465; Pagadian City, 462; Pangasinan, 354; San Pablo City, 341, and Negros Oriental, 333.

The 11th to 15th rankings went to Batac City, 324; Malaybalay City, 294; Cagayan de Oro City, 267, and Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay and the Manuel A. Roxas District Hospital in Isabela Province with identical 246 minor-vaccinees.*

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