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Bacolod launches BACuna card for fully vaxxed residents

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The Bacolod City government launched Monday, November 8, the BACuna Card that will primarily serve, for now, as a “passport” for fully vaccinated residents who are going on domestic travel.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Em Legaspi-Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, led officials during the ceremony held at the Bacolod City Government Center.

“This will make our travel more convenient. Bacoleños who are BACuna cardholders will simply present this when they travel in and out of the city,” Leonardia said.

Leonardia said the release of the BACuna Card is very timely considering that COVID infections in the city have been on a decline for the last two weeks with only 18 cases recorded Monday.

The last time Bacolod had cases below 18 for the day was on August 18 yet, he said.

Eventually, the BACuna Card will be used by restaurants to allow customers to dine in, or movie houses or cinemas may also require the same in the future.

One peculiar feature of the BACuna Card is the fact that it is QR-coded, Edrien Robete, head of the EOC Data Management Cluster, said.

Once it is swiped, important vaccination data of the vaccinee will appear, such as the date he or she was jabbed, among others, thus, assuring its authenticity, Robete further said.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical, data analysis and management, said the BACuna Card is a digital copy of a person’s vaccinatuon record with a QR code that can be scanned for quick verification and authentication.

Since the BACuna Card is still in its first phase, it is only available for the fully vaccinated individuals and for those who are travelling locally.

To get a copy of your BACuna Card, Sorongon said, applicants may contact the MITCS office through its Facebook Support Page, email address and telephone number, Robete said.

The MITCS-Bacolod landline is (034) 435-4168.

Its FB page is https://m.facebook.com/101907695640747.

Applicants may also send an email to [email protected], Robete said.

Sorongon said that the BACuna Card can be used for domestic travel and is an alternative in lieu of the vaccine certificate or vaccine card.

In the future, he added, other establishments may only allow fully vaccinated individuals to dine in, watch movies after presenting their card.

The authentication of validity of vaccine record will be faster, he said, adding that those applying for it will get their cards after 2 to 3 days, Sorongon said.*

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