More than 3,000 Bacolodnons were vaccinated Tuesday in the vaccine rollout of the Bacolod City government in various barangays and cluster areas.
Since the City ramped up its vaccine rollout on May 14 after receiving 19,420 doses of AstraZeneca from the national government, a good number of people had been going to vaccination centers in various barangays to avail of the free vaccines.
The barangay vaccination centers are in addition to those already operating at SM City and Ayala Malls Capitol Central.
Vaccines administered during these ramped-up operations are as follows: 1,980 on May 14, 3,681- May 17, and 3,079 – May 18, for a total of 8,740 in three days.
The priority sectors for these intensified vaccination program continue to be frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens, and adults with comorbidities, a press release from the city said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, “This growing number of people flocking to various vaccination centers is a sure sign that vaccine acceptance is now getting stronger among our people and we are happy with that.”
“When the 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca that the City purchased directly with local funds start arriving in batches by July, we will have a more stable supply of vaccines because we will no longer be completely dependent on the periodic rations from the national government,” Leonardia added.
“With a more stable supply of vaccines, we intend to put these in people’s arms as quickly as we can, so we can reach herd immunity status sooner rather than later and re-boost our local economy which has suffered in this pandemic,” he added.
Presently, the 24 vaccination centers are at the SMX Convention Center and Ayala Malls Capitol Central Mall, and in barangays Alangilan, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Estefania, Felisa, Granada, Handumanan, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Singcang-Airport, Taculing, Tangub, Villamonte, Vista Alegre, ABES Cluster, ETCS Cluster, Brgy. 38 Cluster, and Brgy. 39 Cluster.
Should more vaccines arrive, the City is ready to open more vaccination centers.
To avail of the free vaccination, Bacolod residents should register online through tinyurl.com/bcdceironline, or in their barangay halls.
Only those who have completed their vaccination registration and have received a call or text from the EOC notifying them of their appointments will be accommodated in the vaccination centers to avoid overcrowding.*