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San Carlos public market to bar entry of unvaxxed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Market vendors availing of COVID-19 vaccination in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.* San Carlos City LGU page photo

Unvaccinated individuals are prohibited to enter the public market in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, effective November 30.

This was stipulated in an executive order issued by Mayor Renato Gustilo, which requires all vendors inside the Jose Valmayor Jr. public market to undergo COVID-19 vaccination.

To enhance the city precautionary measures, in order to ensure the safety of its people, Gustilo, in his issued executive order, said that access to public places, such as the public market should be regulated, with the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in the local government unit.

The vaccination of market vendors started October 19.

A total of 190 Pfizer and 40 Sinovac vaccines were allotted for the vaccination of market vendors and facilitated by the City Health Office.

Gustilo said that vendors should be fully vaccinated since starting this December this year, unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from entering the building, as stipulated in his issued executive order.

At the same time, Gustilo issued an appeal to the public to avail of vaccination, in order to achieve herd immunity.

Leila Mansueto, Public Market and Slaughterhouse Department (PMSD) head, reported that vendors at the public transport terminal will also be included in the vaccination program.

Effective November 30, vendors, marketgoers and employees reporting inside the market will be allowed to enter upon presentation of their vaccination cards, Gustilo also said.

He also encouraged residents to wear face masks and face shields inside the market premises.

As of October 20, San Carlos City logged 89 active cases.*

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