BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government of Negros Occidental will start issuing identification cards with QR codes to Negrenses fully vaccinated against the Covid-19.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday that they will start with those fully vaccinated in the Barangay Kapitolyo rollout, composed of provincial government employees, with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson to be the first to be issued a QR coded identification card, followed by members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The Covid-19 Inter-Agency Task Force gave local government units the discretion to require negative RT-PCR test results, in addition to vaccination cards, from travelers, and the swab test could be done before travel or upon arrival.
This was after the Department of Health said that Covid tests may still be required from fully vaccinated tourists upon entry to quarantine control points.
After the Brgy. Kapitolyo downloading is completed, Diaz said they will require all local government units to provide them copies of their vaccination records, so that the names of fully vaccinated individuals will be uploaded in the provincial government database for QR code availment.
FOR TRAVEL, TOO
He said the vaccination cards with QR code can be used for travel.
From July 1 to 8, the provincial government of Negros Occidental utilized 19,645 of the 21,388 Sinovac vaccines in 30 of its 31 LGUs, registering a utilization rate of 92 percent.
A total of 2,457 additional Sinovac vaccines were also delivered yesterday by the Provincial Incident Management Team to the 12 LGUs, Diaz, who also congratulated top performers in the vaccination program, said.
To improve the vaccination rate, he said that they are giving more vaccines to LGUs with big demands, stressing that they cannot give all LGUs the same treatment, as it may lead to spoilage of vaccines if an LGU fails to utilize all the stocks allotted to it.
Lacson said the DOH assured the province of a delivery of vaccines every two weeks. But he said he is not sure if Negros Occidental will get a share from the 3.2 million doses of the vaccine developed by the United States-based Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, that is a single-shot jab and is set to arrive in the Philippines this week.*