The mass vaccination drive of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City against COVID-19 got a further boost Thursday, July 15, with the arrival of 62,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and more expected this month.
Negros Occidental also began its roll out of its COVID-19 vaccination cards with QR codes, with the first one issued to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Actual cards will be issued but fully vaccinated individuals can also present electronic IDs for QR code scanning, Provincial Administrator Rayfrado Diaz said.
Diaz said the names of 941 fully vaccinated individuals have been forwarded by the Provincial Health Office so far for the issuance of vaccination cards with QR codes.
Meanwhile, of the 62,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived, Negros Occidental received 40,800 doses and Bacolod City – 21,800 doses.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said more vaccines are expected to arrive in Negros Occidental with the national government allocating 741,566 doses for Western Visayas in July.
“AstraZeneca has informed us that we can expect at least part of those that were ordered by the LGUs and the private sector. I understand that we can expect delivery this month, so yes we are expecting more vaccines,” he added.
In Bacolod City, of the 21,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived, 16,800 will be administered to vaccinees receiving their second doses, while 5,000 doses will be administered as first doses.*