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E. Samar mayors give incentives to ramp-up vax drive

BORONGAN CITY (PIA) -- Local government units in Eastern Samar are offering different incentives to their residents to encourage them to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Mayor Gil Norman Germino of Can-avid town who garnered the number one rank in the November 22 vaccination update said that “upod it diplomasiya ngan isog danay it akon strategy, libre pa it sarakyan ngan pagkaon.” (I use diplomacy and sometimes strong words to push them, I also provide free transport and meals.)

The mayor also sees to it that he visits the vaccination site to check on them and encouraged them to bring more friends for vaccination.

At the LGU, he said he gives incentives to the employees who can bring some friends to get the jab.

In his case, Mayor Benjamin Ver of Jipapad said he offers P100 and 2 kilos of rice to their residents submitting themselves for vaccination.

He said the figure posed was not updated and claimed they have 50% vaccination coverage.

“Our actual vaccinated individuals are more than 50% na po.”

For her part, Mayor Thelma Nicart of San Policarpo also showed some kind of frustration for their standing.

“I try very hard to convince them, we give them free rice, food and transportation,” she said.

But she is still enthusiastic that more are joining the bandwagon of jabbed residents, she just wished the figures may be wrong, she jested.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Officer of Gen. Macarthur, Josephine Corre for her reaction said that they are doing their best to raise their vaccination rate.

Gen Macarthur lags behind in all municipalities with only 24.2% percent of its population being fully vaccinated.

“We did a survey per barangay as to who still remains unvaccinated, only to learn that they get their vaccines in another town,” she said.

Other town mayors did not react to the graph sent.

Easter Samar has a total population of 511,290. To achieve herd immunity or vaccinate 70% of its population, it will need to vaccinate some 357,904.

But presently, based on the DOH-8 graph, the province still needs some 161,041 residents to be vaccinated.

As to the percentage of fully vaccinated, it posted 41%.

Health authorities hope that the coming National Vaccination Days will change the figures. (NBQ/PIA 8/E. Samar)

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