Bacolod sets 'dry run' for COVID vaccination

BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) –- In anticipation of the vaccination efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Bacolod City COVID-19 Vaccination (CoVac) Council is set to conduct simulation exercises or dry run to test the systems and planned out strategies.

Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia instructed the CoVac Council to do the simulation, which will include the pick-up and transport of vaccines from the central cold storage facility and other supplies to designated vaccination areas, the actual inoculation, monitoring for at least 30-45 minutes after the person is vaccinated if there are any adverse effects, and disinfection of the venues and subsequent disposal of infectious wastes.

City Administrator and executive director of the Emergency Operations Center Em Ang said the simulation activities will be held on February 5 at the Barangay Villamonte Gym.

The CoVac Council has proposed to utilize five mega vaccination centers and 20 community vaccination centers, which will include private and public schools, which according to City Health Office – OIC Dr. Edwin Miraflor, the city will have at least 10 teams to be deployed in each vaccination center, with each team composed of one vaccinator, one verifier, one recorder, and one assistant.

The vaccination plan also includes other aspects such as information dissemination in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated, the registration of recipients according to the priority sequence set by the Department of Health (DOH), and the creation of vaccination teams and training of vaccinators.

Bacolod City has programmed P300 million to procure COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that the targeted population per DOH guidelines will be inoculated for free — vaccination being the first step of the city government’s economic recovery program.

Deliveries from AstraZeneca are expected starting July 2021 while the national government also committed to provide additional vaccines.

Aside from AstraZeneca, Leonardia is also in talks with other pharmaceutical companies that are developing COVID-19 vaccines. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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