By Gideon C. Corgue
DIMATALING, Zamboanga del Sur, Nov. 22 (PIA) – To convince residents to get the vaccine and respond to fake news, rumors and misinformation, the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 created the Demand Generation Team (DGT) during the assessment conducted by the Regional Project Haven Team (RPHAT) at the covered court of Laureano Saludsod National High School in the town on Thursday, November 18.
The DGT will help the LGU to make the public understand and confident in the government’s approach to the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve the so-called herd immunity.
Jenner Pandan of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-9) said the team was tasked to conduct an orientation on demand generation in the barangays one day before the Rural Health Unit (RHU) personnel will vaccinate senior citizens and indigent residents.
“The team will provide accurate information to people in the far flung areas on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and at the same time answer the questions of people who still have doubts about the vaccine,” Pandan said. .
Pandan added that by strengthening the awareness campaign in the barangays, the RIATF believes it will greatly facilitate the ramp up of vaccination roll out in LGUs and achieve herd immunity before December 31, this year.
The DGT is comprised of the following: Health Education and Promotion Officer of the Rural Health Unit, Municipal Information Officer, Registered Nurses of the Department of Education, contact tracers, and Philippine National Police.
Meanwhile, LGU-Dimataling still recorded a 15.6% vaccination rate and is one of the five municipalities identified by the DOH with the lowest vaccination roll out rate in the province. (NBE/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)