The local government of Cagayan de Oro expressed interest in helping non-residents get vaccinated for COVID-19 as they arrive in the city via public terminals.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said the scheme would help neighboring local government units (LGUs) increase their vaccination rate.
“This means that we can help other LGUs to achieve the threshold–the 70 percent from the general population and 80 percent for the senior citizens.”
“This means that we can help other LGUs to achieve the threshold–the 70 percent from the general population and 80 percent for the senior citizens,” Moreno said.
Dr. Ted Yu Jr., a medical officer of the City Health Office (CHO), also reminded the public that the COVID-19 vaccination rollout at bus terminals as well as in the other sites in the city can accommodate even non-residents.
“In all our vaccination sites, we have a ‘no wrong door policy.’ Even if you’re not a city resident, you can be vaccinated.”
“Actually, in all our vaccination sites, we have a ‘no wrong door policy.’ Even if you’re not a city resident, you can be vaccinated,” Yu said.
The vaccination at bus terminals was one of the new strategies of the city government to boost the vaccination rollout, alongside the drive-thru and house-to-house inoculation.
He said the data of the non-city residents that have been inoculated here will be transmitted to the LGU where they originate.
Yu said this is also true for those who got vaccinated at the city’s mobile vaccination sites, some of which operate in the neighboring Misamis Oriental towns.
Misamis Oriental–together with the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and the city of Iligan–remains under Alert Level 2 status.
Meanwhile, the national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has extended the Alert Level 1 status in Cagayan de Oro City and the province of Camiguin until the end of March.
The city has been placed under Level 1 since the start of March due to its improvement in vaccination output, the daily number of cases being detected, and the healthcare utilization rate.
In the same online briefer, Yu reported only two new cases as of March 15, bringing the total cumulative cases to 25,750.
As of March 15, Cagayan de Oro recorded 543,751 fully vaccinated individuals. This is equivalent to 90.63 percent of the total target population of 599,929.
Of the full vaccinated population, 20.97 percent of which, or 109,902 individuals, have received their booster shots, while there were 31,852 individuals who received their first dose of the vaccine.