BACOLOD CITY – The Diocese of Bacolod has assured the city government assistance in the education campaign for vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Bishop Patricio Buzon gave the assurance during an online dialog with Mayor Evelio Leonardia and other city officials on Monday, details of which were released by the city information office on Tuesday night.
“Our Holy Father had been vaccinated months ago. The Church is committed to that (vaccination) because we believe that as of now, that is the only solution to the pandemic,” Buzon said.
“We have been praying, through our Oratio Imperata, asking for a cure for this pandemic, and now there is a cure: this vaccine. We should be thankful to the Lord for hearing our prayer and that a cure has come,” he added.
The bishop commended the city government’s initiatives against Covid-19, after Leonardia presented a status report on the local containment efforts since the pandemic started.
“I congratulate you for this beautiful roadmap towards the recovery of the city in this pandemic. I would like to reiterate our great willingness to cooperate with the city because you are the ones that have the capability to have something done as regards the pandemic,” Buzon added.
During the virtual meeting, the bishop was apprised of the city’s plan on how to reach the target of vaccinating 70 percent of the population to attain herd immunity status.
The 650,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine ordered by the city government will take care of 76 percent of the target population, with only 199,984 doses still to be sourced from the national government.
“It is doable and you have a clear plan on how to reach the target. I am happy to know even before the vaccine arrives that we are already training and preparing those who will administer these vaccines. I am very happy about that,” Buzon said.
Meanwhile, Leonardia thanked the Diocese of Bacolod for positively responding to the appeal of the city government for stricter minimum health protocols in the parishes during the Holy Week.
On Tuesday, Bacolod City logged 15 new cases, five new recoveries, and one death. Of the total 6,229 confirmed cases, 314 are active. (PNA)