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'Walang Maiiwan, Cordillera Bakunahan' in Benguet and Ifugao

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Health - Cordillera (DOH-CAR) is encouraging the residents of Benguet and Ifugao who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to get vaccinated in the implementation of the 'Walang Maiiwan, Cordillera Bakunahan' Benguet and Ifugao Convergence Activity on May 22-28, 2022.
DOH-CAR Health Education and Promotion Officer III Patrick Pineda said that together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, and the Bureau of Fire Protection, they will prioritize towns and barangays that need  focus due to the low vaccination rate.

The priority  municipalities  include  Bakun, Kabayan, Kapangan, and Kibungan in Benguet, and Aguinaldo, Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Hungduan, Mayoyao, and Tinoc in Ifugao.

DOH-CAR Health Education and Promotion Officer III Patrick Pineda (PIA-CAR)

"We enjoin everyone to have themselves vaccinated, sa mga hindi pa nabakunahan at sa mga hindi pa nagpa-second dose lalo na dun sa ating mga priority vaccinees like the senior citizens, 'yung ating mga groups na vulnerable or 'yung mga may comorbids," Pineda appealed.
The agency listed various reasons on why some individuals do not want to get vaccinated in these areas. One is hearsays on deaths due to COVID-19 vaccine. According to Pineda, there is no data or evidence to show that the vaccine is the cause of these deaths.
Pineda stressed that the vaccine against COVID-19 is free, safe, and effective. He said that if there is a need for them to do house to house visits to encourage the residents, they will do just like what they did in the past.

"We always advocate that vaccines are free, safe, and effective. 'Yung effect ng nag-fully vaccinated ay long term 'yan, mahaba 'yan compared doon sa temporary na ilang araw, ilang oras lang na sakit na mararamdaman," he reiterated.
During the convergence activity, social mobilization will be conducted to promote COVID-19 vaccination and encourage the public to get vaccinated. It also aims to bring other services closer to the priority municipalities.
Based on the data of DOH-CAR as of May 18, 2022, 60.82% in the province of Benguet is fully vaccinated while 53.53% in the province of Ifugao. The two provinces are still under Alert Level 2 for failing to reach the herd immunity which is 70% of their target population. (JDP/DEG-PIA CAR)

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