PHOTO CAPTION: No thanks to Typhoon Odette that pummeled Negros Occidental last week, the vaccination rate of the province especially in the southern areas is now expected to slow down just when it had almost reached herd immunity./iNews
BACOLOD CITY–Even the vaccination program against coronavirus in Negros Occidental was affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer said on Tuesday, December 21.
Tumimbang said Odette slowed down the vaccination drive, with the province now at only about 55 percent of its target.
“We could have reached nearly 70 percent, which is the level of herd immunity, by the end of this month,” he stated.
Still, he assured the inoculation drive will continue even in areas hardest hit by the typhoon.
“COVID-19 vaccines are really crucial especially at times when social distancing is sacrificed at the evacuation centers,” Tumimbang said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque himself, who arrived in the province to visit Kabankalan City in particular on Monday with President Rodrigo Duterte, ordered the resumption of the vaccination drive. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)