The City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases convened in a meeting presided by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (via zoom) this afternoon to discuss measures that will help prevent the entry of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in Dumaguete City with guidance from the Provincial IATF-MEID and Department of Health.
More stringent border controls and monitoring of the different entry points of the Province of Negros Oriental along with prohibiting mass gatherings would ensure that the delta variant will not infect any of the city residents.
Mayor Remollo has also requested for additional vaccines from the Provincial IATF and national government to inoculate more residents against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity sooner.
About 31, 833 doses of Sinovac, Janssen and Astrazeneca have already been administered to 17, 897 eligible residents in Dumaguete City as of August 9, 2021.
The City IATF also approved the requests of universities to allow rotation of their medical interns and graduating students at their affiliated hospitals or pharmacies subject to guidelines from concerned agencies.
And subject to availability of funds, resolutions were also passed proposing the hiring of vaccinators and contact tracers whose contracts were terminated last July 31, 2021 and last August 7, 2021 by the Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government, respectively.