BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is eyeing to establish vaccination centers in tourism facilities as part of its effort to further increase the number of vaccinated individuals in the province.
This comes after Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz announced yesterday that they are opening up a vaccination center at the Magikland theme park in Silay City.
Diaz yesterday said that they are open for partnership with any tourism facilities, adding that they are also ready to provide them with medical front liners and supply of vaccines.
Members of the Provincial Incident Management Team and the Provincial Health Office staff led by Dr. Ernell Tumimbang went on November 17 to the Magikland theme park, whose management is willing to give free tickets to vaccinated minors aged 12 to 17, that are Silay City residents, from Friday to Sunday, according to Diaz.
For unvaccinated minors, who will be accompanied by their parents, Diaz said they may avail of inoculation at their vaccination center to be set up at the theme park. “It’s going to be a vaccinated-tourism program with Magikland,” he added.
Diaz said they are also open for partnership with the management of Campuestuhan Highland Resort in Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay City, and other tourism facilities in the province, in terms of advocacy and campaigning for vaccination.
The provincial government is targeting to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by February next year, as they are intensifying their effort to vaccinate 1.4 million Negrenses before its self-imposed deadline ends.
As of November 15, the vaccination rate of Negros Occidental has yet to reach 30 percent of its target.*