ALMOST 69 percent of residents in Bacolod City have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), an official of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) said.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical data and analysis of EOC-TF, said that as of Monday, December 6, a total of 68.93 percent of individuals in the city were already fully vaccinated and 17.82 percent were partially vaccinated.

“We only have 13.24 percent individuals who are not yet vaccinated so we expect that before Christmas Eve, we can have our herd immunity,” he said.

The EOC official added that on December 15 to 17, the City Government of Bacolod will also conduct another Bayanihan, Bakunahan Covid-19 Vaccination drive in various vaccination centers in the city.

Sorongon noted that during the first Bayanihan Bakunahan drive on November 29 to December 1, the city has inoculated a total of 70, 752 individuals.

“So we are expecting that to have 90 to 95 percent fully vaccinated individuals in Bacolod City before Christmas,” Sorongon said.

As of Monday, December 6, at least 84 percent of Bacolodnons already received at least a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine, Sorongon said.

“The influx of Bacolodnons was amazing,” he said, adding that the success of the national vaccination drive can be attributed to the cooperation of barangay officials who urged their constituents to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier said thousands of Bacolodnons participated in the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days.

The City, Leonardia said, is hopeful that the high turnout will be the beginning to eliminate the people’s hesitancy and doubts about Covid-19 vaccine.

“We saw great improvements in our vaccination drive,” he added.

The local government earlier opened some 42 vaccination centers in public and private schools, barangays, food chains and malls in the city.

It also fielded its five Vax I-mobile vaccination clinic to reach far-flung areas.