BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental is slowly inching towards its target of achieving COVID-19 herd immunity by February next year, as 504, 213 Negrenses have already been fully vaccinated, with 945,499 others having been given their first dose, which is equivalent to 51.80 percent.
The provincial government is targeting 1,825,270 Negrenses for vaccination to achieve the 70 percent needed for herd immunity.
Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz attributed the rapid rise in number of vaccinated individuals in Negros Occidental to the good performance of the province during the recent nationwide mass vaccination activities, where the province ranked one among LGUs in Western Visayas, having the greatest number of inoculated individuals.
The national government is set to hold another three-day mass vaccination nationwide on December 15 to 17.
With or without having mass vaccinations, Diaz said that the provincial government continues its roll out of available vaccines as soon as it arrives in the province.
He also announced that DOH-Western Visayas is deploying 11 more COVID-19 vaccination teams to augment some local government units which are lagging behind of their targets in their vaccination activities.
At present, the Provincial Health Office has mobilized 14 vaccination teams to assist city or municipal health offices of various LGUs.*