SAN FERNANDO CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Health – Ilocos Center for Health Development (DOH CHD-1) is targeting to administer 756,720 jabs in the region during the National Vaccination Days set from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
In a virtual press conference organized by the Philippine Information Agency on Sunday afternoon, Dr. Rheuel C. Bobis, COVID-19 focal of the DOH CHD-1, said a total of 408 vaccination sites in the region were identified which will be utilized for the massive vaccination caravan dubbed "Bayanihan, Bakunahan."
Per province, Pangasinan has the most number of targets with 530,772 doses; followed by La Union with 108,942 doses; Ilocos Sur with 59,663 doses; and Ilocos Norte with 57,343 doses.
He assured that the region has enough resources, both vaccine supplies and manpower.
“Atin pong sinisigurado na ‘yung suplay ng bakuna ay sasapat po para sa target natin sa loob ng tatlong araw at gayundin ang ating human resources dahil may dagdag galing po sa volunteers,” Bobis said.
In particular, John Paul Aquino, regional immunization coordinator of the DOH CHD-1, said 667 vaccinators and 727 encoders have been approved to date as volunteers who will provide their services in three days.
“Sa mga local government unit, hinihikayat natin na kung may mga gusto pa pong mag-volunteer sa inyong lugar ay aprubahan po natin dahil importante po ang anumang suporta na maaari nilang ibigay,” Aquino said.
Individuals 12 years old and above with zero dose or for completion, including walk-ins, are eligible to receive their vaccine during the three-day campaign.
“Bibigyang prayoridad sa National Vaccination Day ang mga indibidwal na hindi pa po nabakunahan,” Bobis informed.
Meanwhile, Aquino urged all eligible groups to take advantage of the three-day event in order to help achieve the herd immunity in the region or at least 70 percent vaccination coverage for the first dose before the end of the year or mid-December.
“Nais po natin na magkaroon ng ligtas at malusog na pasko. Inaasahang bababa ang infection rate, mas luluwagan ang mga quarantine restriction, at mas kampanteng makakalabas ang bawat isa kapag mas marami na ang bakunado. Makakatulong ito upang mas mapabangon pa ang ekonomiya ng bansa at makamit ang mas masaya at ligtas na Paskong Pilipino,” he said.
In order to achieve the region’s target, the DOH spokespersons reminded the public that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed Proclamation 1253 ordering all government agencies and instrumentalities to extend all possible support to the vaccination drive.
Therefore, employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during the period, shall not be considered absent from their work.
As of Nov. 28, Region 1 has administered a total of 3,853,549 doses of COVID-19 vaccines or covered 42.51% of the target population. (JCR/JPD,PIA La Union)