NVD’s 3rd day in WV nets 117,101 vaccinees, way short of 1.2 million target

PHOTO CAPTION: Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 Response recently issued Advisory No. 112 allowing local government units to extend their National Vaccination Drive until December 3 after receiving requests from LGUs “which continue to get a large number of vaccine recipients even on the last day of the NVD.”/iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of King Rodriguez/Malacañan photo)

ILOILO CITY –A total of 107,101 individuals in the entire Western Visayas region were able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on the third and final day of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National Vaccination Drive (NVD) of the national government yesterday, December 1.

Based on records gathered by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) here in Region 6, of the said number, 86,733 individuals received their first dose of the vaccine while another 19,036 got their second dose. Meanwhile, 1,332 individuals were also able to be jabbed with their booster shots.

Of the total vaccinees yesterday, Negros Occidental submitted the highest number of vaccine recipients with 35,229, with Iloilo Province a distant second at 24,032. Following the two are the provinces of Capiz, Antique, and Aklan with 12,344, 10,238, and 8,983 vaccinees, respectively, while Iloilo City, Guimaras, and Bacolod City bring up the rear with 7,636, 4,551, and 2,088, in that order.

According to partial data collated by the Health regional office here in Iloilo City, a total of 489,587 individuals in WV received their vaccine shots in the entire duration of the 3-day Bayanihan, Bakunahan initiative of the national government.

Unfortunately, that is not even half of the DOH’s initial target of vaccinees as the Health department expected 1,278,777 individuals to troop to vaccination sites all over the region to receive vaccine shots.

NVD EXTENSION

Fortunately for those who may have missed out on the opportunity to get vaccinated, the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center, thru Secretary Vivencio Dizon of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 Response, issued Advisory No. 112 calling for a ‘Voluntary Extension of the National Vaccination Days by Local Government Units,” which provides the guidelines to the regional/local vaccination operations centers, implementing units, and vaccination sites to extend the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days until Friday, December 3.

This came about after the NVOC received numerous requests from many local government units as they continue to get a large number of vaccine recipients flocking vaccination sites even after the last day of the NVD.

“To sustain the momentum of the operations of the NVD and to take advantage of the interest of constituents towards vaccination, the LGUs are allowed to extend the operations of the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days until December 3, 2021,” the advisory reads. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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