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Negros tops Western Visayas vax drive, Bacolod surpasses target

The COVID-19 vaccination drive at SM City in Bacolod City Monday, November 29, Ronnie Baldonado photo

Negros Occidental vaccinated 70,663 residents against COVID-19 making it the topnotcher in Western Visayas (WV) as the National Vaccination Days kicked off on Monday, November 29, a Department of Health (DOH) report showed.

Negros Occidental also topped its new daily target of 50,000 set for the three-day drive, the DOH said.

Bacolod City surpassed its 22,057 daily target by vaccinating 29,047 residents on Monday, Executive Director Em Legaspi Ang of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force said.

Ang said Bacolod City administered 18,881 first and second jabs on adults, 4,357 on minors, and 4,357 booster shots.

In Negros Occidental, Bago City vaccinated the most number of residents at 6,221, followed by Cadiz City with 6,081 and Sagay City with 5,488, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said whatever Negros Occidental achieves in the three-day national vaccination drive should be continued on a daily basis.

The DOH said 188,712 residents in WV were vaccinated Monday.

In second place in WV was Iloilo province with 49,989 residents vaccinated Monday, the DOH reported.

DOH Regional Director Adriano Suba-an said the adjusted daily targets for Western are: Aklan – 26,530, Antique – 15,000, Capiz – 44,525, Guimaras – 9,566, Iloilo Province – 90,000, Negros Occidental – 50,000 Bacolod City – 22,057, Iloilo City – 6,000 and for the entire Western Visayas – 263,678.

The first day of the National Vaccination Days, known as Bayanihan Bakunahan, was well received in Western Visayas as evidenced by the number of people who went to the more than 500 vaccination sites across the region to get their COVID-19 vaccine jabs, Suba-an said.*

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