DAVAO CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA)-- The Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Davao Region called on the participation and cooperation of everyone as he stressed that vaccines are the most effective defense against COVID-19 infection with the observance of the minimum public health standard of facemasks, social distancing and washing of hands using water, soap and alcohol.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles stressed that the current goal of the government is population protection where the number of deaths and hospitalization of patients due to COVID-19 infection be reduced to a minimum through vaccination.
He bared that with the Bayanihan Bakunahan program, the people will grab the chance to be vaccinated.
Nograles said more than 45 million people have been vaccinated for the first dose, and 35.3 Million people have already received the second dose while 162,822 received booster shots.
Nograles underscored that the supply of vaccines is no longer a problem.
“What matters now is the immediate administration of the vaccines as soon as the supplies arrived at the various local government units all over the country,” Nograles said.
He said more than 80.6 million doses of vaccines have been administered including the first dose, second dose and the pediatrics.
Health Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama Jr. stressed that what we will do today will define how we will be in the future.
He said that the vaccination coverage is moving towards addressing the vaccine needs of the eligible population, especially the vulnerable groups.
Dumama said that the Bayanihan Bakunahan aims to vaccinate 15-Million population nationwide, in the course of three days.
He bared that In Davao Region, the objective is vaccinating these number of people: 147,313 in Davao City; 139,540 in Davao de Oro; 168,704 in Davao del Norte; 134, 886 in Davao del Sur; 66.106 in Davao Occidental and 96,744 in Davao Oriental or a total of 753, 294.
Dumama said that one must not deny on the right to life as the vaccines are proven to be effective and safe.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio thanked the Davaoenos especially to the front liners who took the lead in caring for the sick of COVID-19 and for everyone for their full support to the vaccination program.
She encouraged everyone to have themselves vaccinated and to adhere all the time to the minimum public health protocols at all times.
Dr. Leny Johnson Rivera, assistant regional director of the Department of Health XI called on everyone not to be choosy based on the vaccine brand since all of the jabs are proven safe and effective.
She called on everyone to avail of the vaccines which will protect the people from COVID-infection. (PIA XI Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)