BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
An additional 15,000 doses of the China-made Sinovac vaccine will arrive in Bacolod today, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said, adding that the Department of Health informed the city of the arrival yesterday.
Leonardia said this is good news because this will accelerate the momentum of the city’s vaccination program.
He said that, to date, 52,000 inoculations have been completed in Bacolod while vaccine acceptance is also improving among the residents.
“The dedicated vaccination teams will see to it that we will implement the vaccination of these 15,000 new doses of Sinovac at the soonest possible time in our different vaccination centers, including those in our barangays,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital data analytics forecast shows that the Covid-19 cases for Bacolod City will be at 130-160 cases towards the end of this month.
The forecast is based on actual data to simulate the possible scenario in order that CLMMRH will be aware and be prepared for further surge of cases.
The analysis enables the hospital management to strategically allocate its resources and manpower to areas that will need utmost attention, it added.
The Philippine College of Physicians had earlier called on the national government to elevate the quarantine status of Bacolod and Negros Occidental due to the rising Covid cases.
But Emergency Operations Center executive director Em Ang said that, based on the gate-keeping parameters of the National Inter-Agency Task Force, Bacolod is not qualified for an elevated quarantine status yet.*