BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Only about 10 percent of the more than half-a-million population of Bacolod City signified willingness to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the local Inter-Agency Task Force, said.
Familiaran said this is based on the ongoing surveys conducted by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams.
The Bacolod City government is conducting both manual survey and online registration for those willing to be vaccinated.
Familiaran urged barangay officials to help in the campaign for Covid vaccination in their areas and to encourage constituents to avail of the free vaccines.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical and data analysis, also encouraged residents yesterday to register for the city’s vaccination program online.
Sorongon said that through the online registration, it will be easy for the EOC to do the profiling, that will minimize workload and lessen double entries.
Once registered online, the information will be saved in Google form, that will be easy for EOC to retrieve and organize in alphabetical order, he said.
Those who fill out the online registration should be truthful as the EOC will validate the information, Sorongon also said.
The EOC staff will also check the master lists of the barangays to ensure that those who have registered online are indeed real.
As part of the vaccination program preparation, the EOC conducted yesterday a seminar for trainers who will, in turn, train members of the vaccination teams, at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center. The participants included doctors, nurses, midwives, and barangay health workers, while resource speakers were Sorongon and Drs. Rommela Tiples Ruiz, Michael Salvador, and acting city health officer Edwin Miraflor.*