NegOcc Capitol mulls mass vaccination of employees as COVID cases rise to 43

The mass vaccination at the Negros Occidental Capitol is set for May 20./iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–With more and more employees being infected by the coronavirus, the provincial government is finalizing plans to conduct mass vaccination among its workers, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz said.

Diaz said the plan comes after new infections included an executive assistant, a department head, a job order casual assigned at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City’s Barangay Mansilingan, and a radiologist from the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

This brings to 43 the number of infected employees of the provincial government, Diaz said.

Diaz said the Department of Health has already approved a plan to conduct mass vaccination of all Capitol-based employees.

“We are targeting more than 1,000 provincial employees,” he said, adding that the Capitol health workers are no longer included in the tally as they have already been vaccinated.

In an advisory, Diaz informed the employees those aged age 55 and above will be inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccines while those 54 and below will receive Sinovac’s CoronaVac.

He confirmed that the executive assistant of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Marie June Pavillar-Castro, was one of those found positive for COVID-19 last Friday, May 14.

On Saturday, her family was swabbed and on Sunday morning, their tests revealed three members were also infected.

They are all symptomatic but with mild symptoms, Diaz noted.

However, despite the rising number of cases, a lockdown of the Provincial Capitol complex is not an option for now.

“A lockdown would mean a stoppage of many services, which we wouldn’t want to happen,” explained the provincial administrator.

For those curious about Gov. Lacson’s chances of getting infected by his executive assistant, Diaz said the governor had minimum exposure to Castro.

“Besides, most of his activities are now held outdoors,” he added. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/ Negros Bureau)

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