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Mayor Bing not taking risks, wants 100 percent vax rate for Bacolod City

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Sitting Mayor Evelio Leonardia is not taking any chances with COVID19, even if the city is only 18 percent away from the recommended, 70 percent herd immunity.

“He wants a hundred percent,” physician Chris Sorongon told DNX as he pointed out that Leonardia, who also chairs the Bacolod Vaccination Council and the Emergency Operations Center, does not want to take chances even after it was reported that more than 250,000 Bacolodnons have been given two full doses of the vaccines.

The World Health Organization has recommended a 70 percent threshhold to reach herd immunity.

With a projected population of 600,000, this highly-urbanized center is the most dense in Western Visayas, the political region it is under.

Leonardia and the Vax Council have introduced changes to the city’s vaccination campaign like bringing it directly to offices and remote places in the city.

Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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