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Marawi gets public's overwhelming response to nat'l vax days

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--The local government here welcomed the overwhelming response of its citizenry after it launched Monday the three-day intensive national vaccination drive dubbed Bayanihan, Bakunahan.

City Health Officer Dr. Ali Dalidig said as they have opened 11 vaccination sites, they received reports that lots of residents flocked to get vaccinated.

"Overwhelming iyong acceptance ngayon ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Bayanihan, Bakunahan. I hope tuloy-tuloy ito hanggang mareach natin ang 70% target natin, ang herd immunity," he said.

[The acceptance of our fellowmen here of the Bayanihan, Bakunahan is overwhelming. I hope this continues until we reach the target 70%, the herd immunity.]

Based on the 2020 national census, the city has 211,352 estimated total population, and accordingly, 70% of this is 133,512. Per the tallied vaccination status, the City Health Office (CHO) has vaccinated 23% of the eligible population which constitutes 30,000 residents, but only 11% is fully vaccinated. 

A ten-kilo sack of rice from the BARMM-MSSD is given to each vaccinee in Marawi City as part of the strategy to convince residents to get vaccinated. (Claire R. Gigje/PIA-Lanao del Sur)

With the given data, Dalidig stressed they still have to inoculate more, targeting 27,000 vaccinees per day. 

He called on the public to go to the nearest vaccination hub and be immunized to hit herd immunity and get protection from the persisting COVID-19.

"Huwag maniwala sa fake news. Maniwala tayo sa ating mga doktor at local chief executives dahil lahat sila ay nagpabakuna," said Dalidig.

[Do not believe in fake news. Let us believe in our doctors and local chief executives because all of them got vaccinated.]

The city health officer likewise underscored that with the positive vaccination status, permission to resume the face-to-face classes in the city will be issued, thus, enjoining youths and parents to have themselves vaccinated.

To convince even more of his constituents, Mayor Majul Gandamra is said to have requested the Bangsamoro region's Ministry of Social Services and Development more than 100,000 ten kilos of rice to be distributed to each vaccinated person during the national vaccination days. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)

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