Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said yesterday that the city got 51,040 doses of Covid vaccines, the biggest volume received in one delivery since the implementation of the vaccination program in March.
The delivery was composed of 18,700 doses of AstraZeneca, 30,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, and 2,340 doses of Pfizer vaccines.
The vaccines were brought immediately to the cold room facility of the City at the Bacolod Government Center, and received by City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, and coordinator of the Covid-19 Vaccination Council, and OIC-City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr.
Miraflor said the 18,700 doses of AstraZeneca will be administered to Bacolod residents as first dose, while the J&J’s Janssen will be given to 30,000 Bacolodnons as single-dose vaccine, a press release from the city said.
As of July 18, the CoVaC, chaired by Leonardia, had vaccinated a total of 66,012 Bacolod residents, using Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.
Of the number, 22,477 Bacolodnons in the priority groups have been fully vaccinated.
“We wish to thank Secretary Charlie Galvez for keeping his word to keep Bacolod among the priorities and we are sure this volume will help us accelerate the implementation of our vaccination program,” Leonardia said in a statement.
He said the 18,700 doses of AstraZeneca are part of the vaccines that the city contracted in its tripartite agreement with the national government and the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company.
“With this, we expect our locally funded vaccines to come on regular basis,” Leonardia said in a press release from the city. “This is good news to the many waiting, considering that we had already been allowed to include priorities A1 until A5.”
The mayor reiterated his appeal for Bacolodnons to participate in the vaccination program since inoculation is one sure way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.
He also thanked vaccination teams in the malls and barangays, “who have been tirelessly working to inoculate as many and as fast as can be.”*