DAVAO CITY, Nov. 22 (PIA) - Concerted effort of the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was shown as these agencies called for the support of local government units (LGUs) and participation of national government agencies (NGAs), and the private sector for the upcoming Bayanihan Bakunahan, a three-day nationwide vaccination event targeting to vaccinate 15 million Filipinos.
"Tabangan nato nga makumbinsi ang mga wala pa nagpabakuna, mga nahadluk, ug mga nagduha-duha. Mao ra ni ang pamaagi aron dili na kita mubalik pa sa mga lockdown (Let us help convince those who were not yet vaccinated, those who are scared or have doubts, that is the way we wont have to return to lockdowns). That can only happen when we have protection of our population through vaccination. The government is doing everything for us to bounce back from this pandemic. Let’s do our part as citizens of this nation in helping one another,” said Usec. Ramon Cualoping III, Director General of the Philippine Information Agency.
The Department of Health XI bared that for Davao Region, they are targeting to look for and inoculate 753,294 unvaccinated individuals in all cities and municipalities in the region for three consecutive days from November 29 to December 1.
DOH XI Regional Director Annabelle Yumang explained that vaccination is being conducted everyday and the recent data showed that Davao Region has already vaccinated 53.3% of the target eligible population. However, the Bayanihan Bakunahan is expected to further push the numbers for the region to reach herd immunity which is at least 70% of the target population.
With the Bayanihan Bakunahan, all sectors in the community and all government instrumentalities are expected to contribute and do their share in achieving the goal of this 3-day nationwide vaccination.
“Nag-awhag mi sa mga government agencies and private institutions para magtinabangay kita karong November 29 to December 1 para sa Bayanihan Bakunahan. Nagtarget kita nga makabakuna ug 753,294 sulod sa tulo ka-adlaw. Mutabang kita sa pagpangita sa mga wala pa nabakunahan, paglista niini at pagkumbinsi sa ilaha. So para sa mga wala pa nakapabakuna ug kadtong wala pa makumpleto ilahang 2 doses , panahon na ninyo kay atong ipaduul ang vaccination sa mga barangay (We urge the government agencies and private institutions that we help each other this Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 for the Bayanihan Bakunahan. We are targeting to vaccinate 753,294 people in three days. We will help in seeking those not yet vaccinated, listing them and convincing the. To those not yet vaccinated or were not able to complete their two doses it is time as we made the vaccinations nearer to the barangay),” Dr. Yumang said.
The DOH highlighted the sense of volunteerism that could be employed during the Bayanihan Bakunahan. Any individual may volunteer to the local government unit or to the DOH as a health screener, vaccinator, post-vaccination monitors, health educators, registration personnel, encoder, or data consolidator.
Meanwhile, the DILG also committed to intensify its call to local chief executives to support this nationwide activity.
“ I urge all local government units for your full support to the 3-day Bayanihan Bakunahan and we can reduce a significant number of the unvaccinated. Exert more effort in finding the unvaccinated and bring them to this vaccination site,” said DILG XI regional director Alex Roldan.
The DOH commended the active role shown by LGUs in the daily roll-out of vaccination in all cities and municipalities.
Dr. Yumang bared that Davao City LGU has already reached 76% in the vaccination of their target population. That is so far the highest performance region-wide in reaching herd immunity. Davao Oriental was also cited to have a good standing by vaccinating 48.1% of their population while some municipalities have already reached 66%. (PIA XI/Frances Mae Macapagat)