Negros Occ. to get 25,000 Pfizer doses for minors

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz said Monday that Negros Occidental has been assured of 25,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine by Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 Response Vince Dizon for the inoculation of minors 5 to 11 years old.

Diaz told reporters here that the Hospital Operations Department and the Provincial Health Office thanked Dizon for allocating more vaccines for pediatrics inoculation in the province.

The vaccines is being expected by Diaz to arrive today, March 8, 2022.

With COVID-19 active cases steadily going down to 92 as of March 6, Diaz also congratulated Negrenses for a united effort in fighting against COVID-19 after a long, long period of sacrifices.

“We’re almost there. Hopefully, the pandemic will turn into pandemic soon,” Diaz said.

Diaz also reported that Negros Occidental has only five new cases on Sunday, which he described as a good sign “on our way to new normal”.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson expects downgrading of Negros Occidental from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1 by March 16.

“We have enough time to prepare for that,” Lacson said.

But he stressed that Negrenses should continue to practice minimum health protocols.

The World Health Organization may announce that the COVID-19 pandemic’s status will shift to an endemic status by September.

Diaz also reported that occupancy of Cadiz District Hospital for COVID-19 patients is now down to 19 percent who are suffering mild symptoms.