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Laguna ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ targets unvaxxed residents

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna (PIA) — Provincial health officials are prioritizing residents who are yet to receive their first dose of Covid-19 shots as the provincial government of Laguna joins the ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ national vaccination drive, which seeks to inoculate more than 600,000 individuals in the province.

The provincial government is holding its three-day vaccination drive at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, bringing Covid-19 vaccines to residents living in Bay, Los Baños, and Calamba City.

With this program, government officials are confident in incolulating a significant number of residents against Covid-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rene Bagamasbad said although they have daily allocations of 2,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines for registered residents, they have set aside an additional 500 vaccine doses to accommodate walk-in vaccinees from the municipalities of Bay, Los Baños, as well as the cities of Cabuyao and Calamba.

Using vaccines made by Moderna, Bagamasbad said they are accommodating all priority groups, including children aged 12 to 17.

Bagamasbad added that the uniform vaccines allowed easier storage in the vaccination site. 

“Ikampanya natin na lahat ay magpabakuna. Ipagpatuloy natin ang physical distancing, pagsusuot ng face mask, handwashing ipagpatuloy natin. Mababa na ang kaso ng Covid-19 sa ating probinsya, pero hindi  ibig sabihin na wala na tayong gagawin,” Bagamasbad urged. 

[Let us campaign for everyone to get vaccinated. Let us continue to practice physical distancing, wearing face masks, and handwashing. Covid-19 cases in the province may be lower, but we should not be complacent. ] 

Although children need their parents’ consent to be vaccinated, the vaccination site set up by the provincial government on Monday has since then brimmed with kids who wait for their turn to get inoculated.

Local health officials said it’s the children who are determined to get their Covid-19 vaccines.  As a result, their parents would also get persuaded to get vaccinated against the disease.

After receiving her Covid-19 shots, student Rachel Ann Reyes said she became confident in the upcoming conduct of face-to-face classes after getting her Covid-19 shots. 

“Kailangan nating magpabakuna para maprotektahan ang sarili nyo at inyong pamilya laban sa Covid,” Reyes urged her fellow students, adding that learning is more fun in school.

[We need to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and our families against Covid-19.] (PB)

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