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Neg. Occ. Covid vax drive results not good, rice incentives released

Department of Health COVID-19 performance report for Western Visayas*

The release of rice incentives for senior citizens in Negros Occidental who were vaccinated against COVID-19 has started, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Tuesday, June 21.

Initially released were 66 sacks of rice for 661 senior citizen vaccinees who will receive 5 kilos each, Diaz said.

The results of the simultaneous provincewide COVID-19 vaccination drive on June 16 and 17 were not available yet, “that means it’s not good,” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said Tuesday.

The provincial government has been trying to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination drive so more local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental can be deescalated to Alert Level 1.

Only 9 out of the 31 LGUs in Negros Occidental are under Alert Level 1 while the rest remain under Alert Level 2.

Negros Occidental has only vaccinated 64.11 percent of its target population making it the lowest performer in Western Visayas, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.

The province has also only vaccinated 58.86 percent of its target senior citizen population, the DOH added.

Lacson said dengue cases in Negros Occidental are also rising.

“We just have to be aware of that and make an effort to clean out surroundings,“ he added.*

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