BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Bacolod City has no more supply of Covid-19 vaccines, hence those who are under the A4 category need to wait for additional stocks to arrive, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.
Familiaran, who heads the local Inter-Agency Task Force, said that, in fact, the vaccines that were recently delivered in Bacolod were consumed in only three days.
He said that under the rules of the IATF, the vaccines should be utilized within six days upon delivery.
Familiaran added that the early consumption of the vaccines shows that the confidence of Bacolodnons in the vaccination rollout has increased, probably because they saw that those who had been vaccinated earlier experienced no drastic effects.
There were instances when even those who were not included in the priority lists were vaccinated because those who were supposed to get the jab failed to show up during their scheduled inoculation, he added.
Familiaran also said that, unlike the vaccination rollout for Capitol employees that started yesterday, there is no similar activity for workers of the Bacolod City government, although employees who belong to the A1 category or frontliners, A2 for senior citizens, and A3 for adults with comorbidities may be accommodated in various vaccination centers, so long as they have pre-registered and have confirmed appointments.
Familiaran said that one reason for the surge in local cases is that some of those who are already suffering the early symptoms of the disease dismissed those as “simple flu”.
He said many were late in seeking medical attention and that resulted in severe symptoms, like difficulty in breathing. Familiaran reiterated that if Covid symptoms are felt, one should immediately undergo swabbing to protect his or her family from getting infected in case they have, indeed, contracted the virus.*