BACOLOD CITY – Some 4,000 residents are expected to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the “Bigjab Weekend” in two shopping malls here on Aug. 28 and 29.
The vaccines will be administered at the SMX Convention Center inside SM City Bacolod and Ayala Malls Capitol Central.
In every venue, up to 1,000 individuals will be accommodated, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day or a total of 2,000 for two days, bringing the total to 4,000 persons in both vaccination hubs.
In a statement on Friday, City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF), said those included in the priority sectors, who have registered online, are allowed to walk in at any of the vaccination sites.
“No need to wait for an appointment notification from Covid-19 Vaccination Council as long as they have completed their online registration,” she said.
Those covered are priority sectors A1 (healthcare workers/front-liners), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), A4 (frontline personnel in essential sectors), and A5 (indigent population).
The city government has been initiating various ways to vaccinate its residents against Covid-19.
Aside from setting up mall-based vaccination sites, it has also opened hubs in various barangay gymnasiums, health centers, and school campuses as well as deployed the Vax-i mobile bus, conducted drive-thru vaccination, and will also launch a 24-hour Vax Clinic.
“Our goal is to make the vaccination program more accessible to everyone so we can achieve herd immunity and eradicate Covid-19 as fast as possible,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in an earlier statement. (PNA)