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Bacolod: Guv pessimistic on Negros vaccination target

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Bacolod City – The number of vaccinated persons in the four-day province wide simultaneous inoculation during June 2, 3, 9 and 10 appears to remain low, based on the targeted population of 23,305 per day.

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A report of the Provincial Health Office showed that 16,181 were vaccinated, of which 890 are senior citizens.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson admitted that that the provincial government COVID-19 vaccination campaign is “experiencing difficulty in convincing some sectors to have themselves vaccinated.”

PHO reports further indicated that the 890 senior citizens who were vaccinated comprises only seven percent of the 6,414 targeted for inoculation per day.

Lacson said there are still some sectors of society who are adamant in refusing vaccination, based on feedback from mayors.

The governor said he told the mayors to find ways to convince the people, especially those in the A2 category, or senior citizens, to avail of vaccination.

We just to continue pushing for it, he added.

In his meeting with Mayor Renato Gustilo, Lacson said the mayor told him that he has been creating new enemies because of his drive to have more residents of San Carlos City vaccinated.

They don’t believe in vaccines, especially those in the religious sector, the governor said.

As of May 28, Negros Occidental has a remaining target for vaccination against COVID-19 pegged at 186,436 and 51,310 senior citizens. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)

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