Bacolod starts house-to-house vaccination

Gilbert Bayoran - The Philippine Star

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — The city government has started implementing house-to-house vaccination as it intensifies its campaign against COVID-19.

“An intensified house-to-house vaccination will pave the way for herd immunity,” Emergency Operations Center-Task Force executive director Em Ang said.

The task force clarified that vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory.

Barangays Mansilingan, Taculing, Tangub, Estefania, Villamonte, Mandalagan and Alijis, which have the highest number of COVID cases, are the targets of the intensified vaccination drive.

The city’s VAX-i mobile buses are being used in the house-to-house vaccination.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said vaccines should  be made accessible to everyone to control the spread of COVID-19.

At least 377,318 people or 21 percent of the more than 1.8 million members of the eligible population in the city have been vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to provincial inter-agency task force against COVID-19 action officer Rayfrando Diaz.

The city government said it would start the vaccination of minors on Nov. 5.

The Department of Health said the city logged 63 new cases on Thursday, bringing the active infections to 1,671.

Bacolod is now at moderate risk for COVID-19.

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