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DOH – CAR calls for public support to ‘Bakunahang Bayan’ on Sept. 26 – 30

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Department of Health – Cordillera (DOH – CAR) calls on   eligible population who are still unvaccinated and those who have completed their primary series of COVID – 19 vaccine but  have  no  booster shots yet  to support and  be part  of the national vaccination days  set on  September 26 to  30.


The week-long event dubbed as “Bakunahang Bayan PinasLakas Vaccination Days” aims to further increase the number of individuals protected from COVID – 19 and to achieve the national goals for vaccination and booster doses by making primary series and booster shots more accessible through settings based approach.


DOH – CAR Medical Officer III Dr. Camille Justine Malingit said  the vaccines will be brought closer to the public or to the eligible population, be it be on the workplace, place of worship, school and other settings.


The public is advised to coordinate with local government units and barangay health officials for the vaccination sites in their areas.

The DOH - CAR, in partnership with local health offices,has been establishing "Sa Booster Pinas Lakas" vaccination booths like this one at the Benguet Provincial Capitol. (Redjie Melvic Cawis/PIA CAR)

 The DOH – CAR as lead of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) already implemented a series of meetings for the needed guidelines and operating procedures for the local vaccination teams.  


Malingit outlined the importance of getting fully vaccinated with the primary series of vaccines and booster shots as well to ensure their safety and protection as COVID – 19 remains in our midst.


 “As we continue to gradually transition to the new normal, complacency is a looming threat that needs combating. Given the constant threat of emerging variants, now is the best time to boost all eligible individuals who have received their primary series and to provide the primary series to the unvaccinated, especially the senior citizens since they are one of the most vulnerable populations,” Malingit said. 

In the Cordillera, 1,286,637 individuals are targeted for the primary shots, equivalent to 70 percent of the target population.  As of the Sept. 21 DOH – CAR data, 1,293,203 individuals or 100.51 percent have already received at least one dose and 1,233,063 or 95.84 percent are already fully – vaccinated.


 Per geographical area, Baguio City, Abra and Apayao have already breached 100% of the fully vaccinated target, while Kalinga is at 99.08%, followed by Mountain Province at 88.87%, Benguet - 72.67% and Ifugao with 65.52%.

For A2 or senior citizens, the Cordillera target is 135,093 or 85% of the elderly population and as of Sept. 21, the regional fully vaccinated accomplishment is at 90.84%. However, per geographical area, only Baguio City and Abra have reached and even surpassed their targets while Apayao is nearing 100%.


Mountain Province is at 88.03% of its target A2, Kalinga at 80.33%, Ifugao at 70.93 % and Benguet at 60.77%.


 For booster shots, it is the national goal to bring the coverage to 50 percent of the eligible individuals. As of reporting period, the Cordillera is still at 28.52%. Only Baguio City has reached the target with 56.10% accomplishment. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)


Cumulative vaccination accomplisments in Cordillera, as per DOH - CAR data.

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