THE provincial government of Negros Occidental achieved 81.14 percent of its total target in a three-day vaccination under the new strategy.
Based on the summary of the vaccination rollout released by Dr. Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT), a total of 6,830 vials of Covid-19 vaccines were delivered by the province on June 17, 18 and 19. Of the delivered vaccines, 5,542 vials were utilized while 1,025 vials were unutilized, constituting an 81.14 percent achievement of the total target.
The activity was a simultaneous vaccination done in 31 towns and cities in the province under the new guidelines to expedite the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in all 31 local government units (LGUs) in the province.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in the guidelines, directed the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to deliver the exact number of vaccines required by each LGU as stated in the list of vaccinees submitted by the city or municipality only on the day of the scheduled vaccination.
“Turn over vaccines only to LGUs that are ready with their vaccination venue, vaccinators, vaccination team, and vaccinees,” Lacson said.
Once the vaccination activities are done, PHO personnel are also tasked to gather all disinfected waste materials and deliver these to the Department of Health designated center.
Previously, the PHO just delivered the vaccine supply to the LGUs and let the city and municipal health offices schedule the vaccination rollout on their own. This caused a delay that would have left Negros Occidental behind schedule.
Executive Assistant to Governor Charina Magallanes-Tan said Lacson, together with Provincial Administrator lawyer Rayfrando Diaz monitored the vaccination activities from the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.
“The governor conducted an online coordination meeting with the local chief executives and health service front-liners,” she said.