Some 180,045 residents of Bacolod City have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019, as of Sunday, data released by the city government yesterday showed.
Of the number, 79,656 have been fully vaccinated, including those who received either the Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Janssen jabs or the two-dose brands, including Sinovac’s CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
The supply of Moderna vaccines also arrived last week.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who observed the administering of vaccines at the SMX Convention Center yesterday, said the city government is committed to double its effort to reach as many residents as possible.
“We are getting them vaccinated through a combination of strategies – en masse (in a group) at vaccination sites, through our mobile Vax-i, on-site or walk-ins at local malls,” he said.
Vaccination was held yesterday at SM City’s SMX Convention Center, CityMall Mandalagan, CityMall Goldenfield, Gaisano Grand Mall, as well as at the City Health Office and several barangay gymnasiums.
“Our goal is to make the vaccination program more accessible to everyone so we can have safer communities and achieve herd immunity and control, if not eradicate, Covid-19 as fast as possible,” Leonardia said.
On Sunday, the city government kicked off the “drive-thru” vaccination at the fifth floor parking area of the Ayala Malls Capitol Central.
Qualified to avail of the service are preregistered healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
“Those interested to avail of the drive-thru vaccination must bring a screenshot of their online registration, government-issued ID with their Bacolod address, and a pen,” City Administrator Em Ang, concurrent executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, said.
During the launching of the “Vax-i” mobile vaccination drive on Friday, an initial 428 vendors and workers in the city’s three major public markets availed of the Covid-19 vaccines.*PNA