Bacolod: 320 A3 Teens In Bacolod; 77 Minors In NegOcc Inoculated


Bacolod City – Minors aged 12 to 17, who have co-morbidities were inoculated at the Riverside College yesterday, as Bacolod City, through the COVID-19 Vaccination Council, started giving jabs to Pediatric A3 vaccinees.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the rollout, together with Emergency Operations Center-Task Force frontliners headed by Executive Director Em Legaspi-Ang, Dr. Edwin Miraflor, Jr. of the City Health Office, and Dr. Chris Sorongon, among others.

Over the weekend, some 320 minors with co-morbidities have been vaccinated but the city government was targeting 400-plus vaccinees.

They received Pfizer vaccine.

The Pediatric A3 inoculation resumes November 3 at the Riverside College annex, while other Bacolodnon minors without co-morbidities can have their vaccination either at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central or at the SMX of SM City Bacolod.

Also at the Riverside College vaccination site were Dr. Ian Noel Jarabas, head of the Riverside Medical Center Pediatric Department; DOH Region VI representative Kristine Solas, Councilor Cindy Tan-Rojas, Jonathan Diaz Jr. and Cashmere Montalvo.

Pediatric A3 vaccinations are being held in a hospital-based site that has the capacity to manage possible adverse reactions to vaccines, ensure close monitoring and facilitate easy referral of patients, Ang explained.

The city government’s COVAC is implementing a phased approach in order to formulate strategies on how it will be rolled out to regular “Resbakuna” Centers, she added.

Meanwhile, seventy-seven young individuals took the lead of availing of COVID-19 vaccines during the pediatric inoculation at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental, with regular vaccinations to start on November 3.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson thanked the parents and guardians of minors who participated in the launching of minor vaccinations at TLJPH in Silay, as well as Provincial Consultant Alfredo Benitez, Board Member Ryan Gamboa and Mayor Mark Golez for their support.

He also assured that the provincial government is on track and will double its effort for the target population to get vaccinated.

The schedule of pediatrics vaccination at the Cadiz District Hospital and Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, will be announced later.

Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said that many minors postponed their vaccination due to requirements set by the Department of Health.

The provincial government was targeting 300 minors from the different local government units to be vaccinated yesterday at TLJPH.

Also attending the activity were Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, TLJPH chief, Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang, among others.
(Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star, photos by Bacolod City and Negros Occidental PIO)

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