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DOH-8 to launch 5-day 'Bakunahang Bayan'

TACLOBAN CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) -- Eastern Visayas is set to launch the Bakunahang Bayan: PinasLakas Special COVID-19 Vaccination Days in various vaccination sites in the region on September 26-30, .

The campaign aims to increase the number of individuals to be protected from COVID-19.

In a press conference held Tuesday at Hotel de Fides, this city, Dr. Rodolfo Antonio M. Albornoz, assistant regional director of DOH-8 urged all sectors to participate and do their share by convincing those unvaccinated individuals to get their primary series and get booster shots.

“These sectors include the health care facilities, national and local government, economy, business, education and tourism, among others,” Albornoz said.

DOH-8 hopes to achieve 90% vaccination coverage among the senior citizens population and 50% first booster vaccination coverage among the eligible population during the 5-day special vaccination days.

Data from the DOH-8 showed that out of the 3,343,023 target eligible population in the region, 2,840,749 residents have been fully vaccinated and eligible for first booster doses while 260,270 individuals are unvaccinated and 242,006 are partially vaccinated.

However, only 13% of the eligible population which is equivalent to 442,037 individuals have received their first booster shots.

With this trend, Albornoz emphasized the importance to continuously maximize the efforts and mobilize the resources needed in order to meet the target.

All vaccination efforts of the Department of Health and its partner agencies from both the public and private sector will focus on the settings-based approach which means bringing the vaccines closer to the people.

Among the vaccination sites include all markets, malls, terminals, plaza, place of worship, schools and workplaces.

The booster PinasLakas Campaign was created to coincide with the recent department memorandum on the presidential directive indicating national target goal for the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  (MMP/CBA/PIA-8)

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