Bacolod City is targeting to inoculate 189,533 Bacolodnons under Group A of the priority sectors in its Covid-19 vaccination program.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who unveiled the consolidated vaccine plan at a webinar, entitled “Getting Cities Ready for the Vaccines” yesterday afternoon, said that Group A is composed of 12,462 workers in frontline health services in phase 1, all senior citizens numbering 66,659 in phase 2, indigents numbering to 109,453 – phase 3, and 959 military and uniformed personnel – phase 4.
For Group B, those to be vaccinated include 4,736 other frontline workers and special population – phase 5, and the remaining population of 230,723 in Group C for phase 6 of the vaccine rollout, Leonardia added.
He said the total number targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 is 424,992 of the 624,987 Bacolod population.
The Bacolod City government has already secured 650,000 doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca and has made an advance initial payment of P31 million on Feb. 22.
“The initial payment practically consummates our contract for these critical vaccine supplies. We wanted to close the agreement as early as we could and that is why we made the payment ahead of the February 24 deadline,” Leonardia said in a statement on Tuesday.
“That should ensure the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccines starting the 3rd Quarter. This is a step forward for our consolidated vaccine program,” the mayor said.
Leonardia also said in his presentation yesterday that the volunteer vaccination manpower will come from the colleges of Medicine and Nursing of the University of St La Salle, CSA-B College of Nursing, Riverside College of Nursing, UNO-R College of Nursing, Riverside Medical Center, South Bacolod General Hospital, Philippine Nurses Association Negros Chapter, Integrated Midwifery Association of the Philippines Neg. Occ. Chapter, Philippine College of Physicians Neg. Occ. Chapter, Canlaon Medical Society, and the Negros Occidental Medical Society.
Bacolod was among the first local government units in the country to establish a Covid-19 Vaccination Council (CoVaC) created by virtue of Executive Order 83 issued by Leonardia on Dec. 22, 2020.
“It is the highest priority of the city government to ensure that the lives of Bacolodnons are protected from Covid-19. This is the preamble of our CoVaC executive order. We must make sure we have accessibility and adequacy of vaccine supply,” Leonardia said.
The CoVaC is tasked to plan, supervise, and implement programs and activities related to the city’s Covid-19 vaccination roadmap, that is aimed at providing citizens access to the vaccine “at the soonest possible time with the widest and most realistic coverage possible.”
On Feb. 5, Bacolod held its vaccination simulation exercises at the Barangay Villamonte gymnasium. Observers from the Department of Health–Western Visayas commended the vaccination process for its smooth flow and observance of health protocols.*CGC