BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Due to the spike of Covid cases in Bacolod City, the OCTA Research Group of the University of the Philippines Saturday flagged the city as among the areas of concern in the country.
Aside from Bacolod, the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princessa were also among the areas of concern outside the National Capital Region Plus.
Data analyzed by the independent research group showed that, since last week, Puerto Princesa logged a 78 percent increase in coronavirus infections while CDO and Bacolod had 75 and 19 percent increases, respectively.
Executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center had said earlier that the possibility of the sudden change of quarantine status for Bacolod is not remote, following the spike of Covid cases.
But Ang emphasized that the city government, through the EOC, is ready in case Bacolod will be placed under a much stricter quarantine status.
Bacolod and Negros Occidental are under the Modified General Community Quarantine status until May 31.
ROLLOUT AT MALLS
Meanwhile, the EOC and the Covid-19 Vaccination Council, both chaired by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, launched the vaccination rollout at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on Saturday.
Ang said it was to inoculate the remaining frontline healthcare workers under category A1, senior citizens for A2, and persons with comorbidities in the A3 category.
Aside from Ayala, the EOC and the CoVaC also held a vaccination rollout at SM City on May 3-6, where 1,690 Bacolodnons were inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019, she said.
Ang said the free vaccination, both at SM City and Ayala Malls, will resume today, but only for those who have completed their vaccination registration and have received a call or text from EOC of their confirmed appointments.
The schedule of vaccination is based on a first-come, first-served sequence in the order that the registration came into the city’s database.
To avail of the free vaccination of Bacolod City, those interested may register online through tinyurl.com/bcdceironline. EOC records show that 12,473 Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in Bacolod, as of May 6.*