By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Four medical doctors and five BHWs (Barangay Health Workers) received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccines at the Bacolod City Government Center Saturday.
A press statement from the Bacolod Public Information Office said that the first to receive the vaccine was Dr. Benjamin Gonzaga.
Dr. Eli Cong, Dr. Joyce Cong, and Dr. Joseph Cong – a family of doctors – is the first clan in Bacolod to be inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccines and the first family in this city to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.
The BHW vaccinees were Excelsa Landero, Virginia Magbanua, Rupina Arceña, Annabele Regacho, and Suzette Ico.
Their vaccines are part of the 312 vials of AstraZeneca allotted for Bacolod City that arrived at the BREDCO Port via roll-on/ roll-off vessel Our Lady of the Philippines Navistar Two on March 12.
The vaccines were allotted by the national government to Bacolod City through the Department of Health-Western Visayas (DOH-6).
Each vial contains 10 doses.
Meanwhile, the City Government of Bacolod procured 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines which are expected to arrive in July or within the 3rd Quarter.
Dr. Cris Sorongon of the Bacolod Emergency Center said 1,909 health workers were already vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.
They aim to inoculate 2,350 health frontliners.