Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— University of St. La Salle President and Chancellor Br. Joaquin Severino Martinez, FSC, commended the “dynamic” vaccination initiatives of the Bacolod City government during a virtual forum organized by the university last week.
The virtual meeting where Mayor Mayor Evelio Leonardia was also present, was attended by over 1,000 students of USLS College of Nursing together with their faculty members and immediate family members.
Martinez in his message said tha it is “truly an outstanding and challenging effort that has been accomplished tremendously” by the City Hall administration.
“[The vaccination] teams have been doing round-the-clock, fantastic work of assisting all of us in the city to become vaccinated,” Martinez said.
The online forum was an offshoot of an earlier Zoom meeting attended by Leonardia, Ang, Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy medical; Dr. Edwin Miraflor, Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, and deans and heads of nursing schools in Bacolod.
It was decided in the same meeting that students of local nursing schools, who will soon serve as the city’s healthcare frontliners, will be prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination program of Bacolod.
Their families and the schools’ faculty members will be in the priority list, too.
“Truly, what we had promised to get help for our teachers and staff is now happening and being responded to by the team that I just had thanked,” Martinez said.
He applealed to them that in order to avoid community transmission, they must “continue to educate and help others, follow the health protocols, follow the City Health [Office] guidelines with regards the prevention of COVID-19.”
Leonardia, in his message, centered on the city government’s initiatives geared towards achieving herd immunity in Bacolod.