TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan (PIA) - - The Department of Health - Region 2 (DOH-2) has just launched in this city its “Sa Booster, PINAS LAKAS” campaign, which aims to intensify vaccination efforts across the Cagayan Valley. The launching was conducted simultaneously with those of other DOH regional offices across the country.
For its first 100 days, the campaign specifically aims to achieve 90 percent completion of the primary series of vaccinations, or the first two doses, for senior citizens or members of the A2 priority sector nationwide. At the same time, the program hopes to achieve 50 percent coverage of booster doses for those eligible recipients belonging to the general population.
According to its Regional Vaccination Operations Center Head, Jermaine Farrah Cepeda, the DOH-2 plans to implement the campaign by providing more vaccination sites in populous areas such as workplaces, terminals, and remote residential areas among others, which will be done alongside house-to-house vaccinations, in order to achieve a wider coverage. This will be conducted in partnership with local government units.
As of the 7th of July, 154,499,655 vaccine doses have already been given nationwide, wherein 70,876,075 recipients already completing their primary series, while 50,154,625 receiving at least one booster shot.
For regional numbers, DOH-2 Asst. Regional Director Dr. Mar Wynn Bello relayed that the 90 percent of the general population of Cagayan Valley have already completed their primary vaccine doses. For the senior citizen sector, the total coverage for the primary series is now at 92 percent.
On the other hand, for booster doses, Bello said that coverage for senior citizens in the region is still below 20 percent, and as such, the campaign intends to cover at least 50 percent for the A2 sector within the next 100 days.
Bello acknowledged the difficulties the government is facing when it comes to inoculating senior citizens as well as members of indigenous peoples in Region 2, as many of them are fearful of vaccines.
“Kung nag-refuse sila sa unang panahon, uulitin na naman [natin] ang pangungumbinsi sa kanila sa susunod na araw at sa susunod pa na mga araw hanggang sa bumigay na sila sa kakulitan (If people refuse to be vaccinated for the first time, we will convince them again no matter how many attempts it will take in the succeeding days until they concede),” he said. (JKC/PIA Region 2)