About 10, 000 vials of COVID-19 vaccines (SINOVAC) for Dumaguete City residents were received by city officials today, less than 24 hours after Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo made an urgent and direct appeal to the national government for more vaccines for the capital city of Negros Oriental.
Mayor Remollo, who is recovering from COVID-19 in a hospital, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Bong Go, and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., for their prompt and favorable response to the urgent request for more vaccines.
The 10, 000 vials would be used to vaccinate 5, 000 residents most of them belonging to Priority Group A2 (senior citizens) each for 2 doses.
LGU officials present to witness the arrival of the vaccines at the airport were City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla, City Administrator Doram Dumalagan, Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario, City Legal Officer Manuel Arbon and Dr. Socrates Villamor of DOH Negros Oriental.
Mayor Remollo made the direct appeal to the national government considering the rising cases of COVID-19 and the daily influx of residents from other cities and municipalities to Dumaguete City by reason of work and essential services.
Dumaguete City has a population of 137, 214 thus we need to vaccinate the eligible population of 108, 624 residents to achieve herd immunity.
The senior citizens in the city alone would number about 23, 000 per registration of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs.
Prior to the arrival of vaccines from the national government, the Dumaguete City Health Office received a total of 956 vials of vaccines from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in 10 batches since March 22, 2021 to June 1, 2021.
Those senior citizens who have registered already must wait for the call from the City Health Office to be notified of their exact schedule and place of vaccination. Walk-ins will not be allowed.