Of the 402 persons who died after being hit with COVID-19 in Bacolod City, 398 were unvaccinated against the virus, Dr. Chris Sorongon, Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical data and analysis, said Wednesday, August 18.
Four others who died had received their first dose of Sinovac vaccines, he said.
The vaccine could have helped the four fight COVID-19, but because of their multiple comorbidities the virus complicated their conditions, Sorongon added.
Bacolod City had 39 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 751 active cases on Wednesday, the Department of Health reported.
Meanwhile, Sorongon said more “Drive-Thru” COVID-19 vaccination sites may be set up soon to hasten the campaign to reach herd immunity in Bacolod.
They are now considering setting up drive-through vaccination sites at the back of the Bacolod City Government Center and at other venues that are more accessible, he said.
The drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site at the fifth floor parking area of the Ayala Malls Capitol Central has been operating since Sunday, he said.
“However, tricycles and trisikads cannot go up there so we are still scouting for other venues,” Sorongon said.
Pre-registered healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities are accommodated at the drive-through vaccination site, City Administrator Em Ang, EOC executive director, said.
“Those interested to avail of the drive-through vaccination must bring a screenshot of their online registration, government-issued ID with their Bacolod address, and a pen,” she said.
Meanwhile, Vallacar Transit Inc. president Leo Rey Yanson and matriarch Olivia Yanson have generously offered the use of one of their buses for the Mobile Vaccination Drive of Bacolod City, Councilor Cindy Rojas said.*