Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— At least 18,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that was purchased by the local government of Bacolod City is expected to arrive this week.
In a radio interview over dyEZ Aksyon Radyo, Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical of the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center, said that this delivery is the first batch out of the 650,000 AstraZeneca shots that were purchased by the city through a tripartite agreement.
Sorongon said that as soon as the vaccines arrived, Bacolod will start inoculating over the weekend as instructed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia. The vaccines will also be distributed in several barangays and at the mega vaccination sites in Ayala, SM and Robinsons.
The city is also expected to start inoculating those under priority group A4, or those who are part of the essential businesses.
Leonardia expects the city to reach its herd immunity once the city receive its full delivery of 650,000 doses it ordered from AstraZeneca.
As of July 9, the EOC said at least 78,361 vaccines were already administered, of which 64,184 residents have received their first shot, and a total of 14,177 were now fully vaccinated. Of the figure, 56,304 were inoculated with Sinovac.
Residents who are willing to be vaccinated can register online through tinyurl.com/bcdceironline.