A Department of Health official recently commended Bacolod City for its vaccination rollout.
In her letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia on June 3, DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said, “In reference to the Western Visayas Center for Health Development’s report as of May 30, I want to commend the people of Bacolod under your leadership for administering 30,989 doses from the allocated 43,740. This outstanding feat can still be pushed further towards attaining our goal of population protection.”
Cabotaje, who also heads the National Vaccination Operations Center, added that she “profoundly appreciates Leonardia’s unending service to the Filipino people amidst the Covid-19 pandemic” and promised that more vaccines will be sent to the City from the DOH Western Visayas Center for Health Development, a press release from the city said.
This response from Cabotaje came after Leonardia requested on May 5 the Office of Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. for additional vaccines in the light of the sustained increase in the number of local cases in Bacolod.
ENDORSED BY GALVEZ
On May 25, Galvez, the chief implementer and vaccine czar of the National Task Force against Covid-19, responded to Leonardia’s letter-request by favorably endorsing it to Cabotaje.
Leonardia said, “This reply from the DOH is most reassuring at a time when we are, again, in the thick of fighting a surge in our Covid cases.”
Since June 5, the national government had already sent additional 17,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine to the City. These are now being used in the ongoing daily inoculations at the city’s vaccination centers at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central and at the SMX Convention Center.
From March 5 to June 8, 2021, the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center–Task Force recorded 39,232 individuals already administered with the Covid vaccines from AstraZeneca and Sinovac, provided by the national government from time to time.
Of the total, 30,328 received their first dose while the 8,904 completed their second dose, the EOC data showed.
MORE VACCINES PURCHASED
The City expects to ramp up its vaccine rollout once the 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca that it directly purchased with city funds will be delivered in batches, starting next month, the press release added.*