DUMAGUETE CITY - Close to 50,000 individuals in Negros Oriental received jabs against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the first and second days of the nationwide vaccination drive, although a little short of the province's total target.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser Wednesday morning, said they recorded 26,647 vaccinees on November 29, which was over the daily target of 25,000.
On the second day, however, the target fell short at 22,620, she added.
On Tuesday, Sibulan logged the highest number of vaccinees at 3,217, followed by this capital city with 2,900, and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) mobile team with almost 2,500.
The total of 49,267 vaccinees during the first two days of the "Bayanihan Bakunahan" included those who were inoculated in the different towns and cities, the public and private hospitals, and by the PHO mobile vaccination team, Estacion said.
Estacion, the Covid-19 incident commander of the province's Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said they are still hoping to achieve the target on the final day of the nationwide vaccination program.
She thanked the volunteers comprising medical doctors from the public and private sectors, as well as other health workers, front-liners, and civilians, for making the National Vaccination Days in Negros Oriental successful.
Meanwhile, as of Nov. 30, the total number of individuals in Negros Oriental who are fully vaccinated (including the one-shot Janssen vaccine) has reached 234,628 or 25.8 percent of the total target of 908,939 this year, Estacion said.
For the first dose, the province has inoculated 418,016 individuals, including those aged 12-17, she said.
The PHO official said they are hoping to vaccinate 50 percent of the total target population in Negros Oriental by the end of the year.
She reassured the public that regular vaccination against Covid-19 will continue in the LGUs as there are still plenty of vaccines available to them. (PNA)