Negros Occidental aiming to hit 100% of Covid vax target in June

Dr. Ernell Tumimbang met with the health officers of the 31 towns and cities of Negros Occidental on Tuesday, May 24, to discuss their COVID-19 vaccination targets and drive against dengue.*

The Negros Occidental provincial government aims to vaccinate 666,363 residents against COVID-19 in June to hit 100 percent of its target population, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said Tuesday, May 24.

Tumimbang said the 100 percent vaccination target is composed of 80 percent of Negros Occidental’s 2,623,026 population or 2,098,420 residents.

Hitting 100 percent of their target will also mean the de-escalation of the alert levels of more local government units in the province, the majority of which are still under Alert Level 2, he said.

The simultaneous massive vaccination in the province will be held every Thursday and Friday in the first three weeks of June, and on Monday and Tuesday on the fourth week of June, he said.

Targets will be set for the 31 towns and cities of the province, Tumimbang said.

The province has enough COVID-19 vaccines to hit its 100 percent target, he added.

They will also inform the Department of Health regional office of additional logistics they may need, Tumimbang said.

The provincial government also needs to step up its regular vaccination of children against measles.

“Our coverage is very low, we still have to vaccinate 15,000 children,” Tumimbang said.*

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