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La Union supports ‘PinasLakas campaign’

SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 26 (PIA) -- The province of La Union backs the ‘PinasLakas’ campaign led by the Department of Health.

The “PinasLakas” is a national vaccination drive to intensify COVID-19 booster shots for the eligible population providing an extra line of defense against the virus.

This is to complement President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s directive on COVID-19 Mass Vaccination for his first 100 days in office which will target 90 percent vaccination of senior citizens for their first and second doses and give booster shots to 50 percent of the 12 years of age and above population.

In a simultaneous rollout of the campaign on July 26, the Provincial Health Office coordinated hospital-based vaccinations at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center and Lorma Medical Center, as well as mall-based site at the Robinson’s Mall. These facilities are all in this city.

Further, 19 local governments in La Union through their rural health unit (RHU) set up their vaccination centers to accommodate eligible population for their booster dose.

Dr. Dan Willian Dacanay, vaccination program operations manager of the Provincial Government of La Union, said a total of 1,379 individuals were boosted on the first day of the PinasLakas campaign. 

“The RHUs took initiative in support of the new vaccination campaign,” Dacanay said.

As of 8 a.m. on July 26, La Union has administered a total of 1,393,936 doses of COVID-19 among its residents. Of this number, 580,958 or 85.53 percent are fully vaccinated while 625,262 or 92.05 percent have taken their first dose.  Only 174,288 or 26.04 percent have taken their first booster dose.

In order to achieve the 90 percent target before Marcos’s 100th day in the office, the province needs to inoculate the remaining 18,292 senior citizens and 246,736 individuals to receive their first booster shot.

“We are optimistic that we will accomplish our targets in 60 days,” he said.  

Overall, La Union intends to immunize 679,279 individuals representing all priority groups. (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)

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