DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- A top official in Negros Oriental reiterated the government’s appeal to the public to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to enhance their body’s protection against the virus.
Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Chief Dr. Liland Estacion stressed the importance of getting booster shots by relating it to the regular vaccines that are administered to children.
She said the potency of the virus inside the human body reduces over a certain period of time, and this is why children are subjected to booster shots to maintain the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Estacion also stressed that those who are in the vulnerable sector, including the elderly, must avail of this for their protection.
Recently, the IPHO together with the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7 conducted the PinasLakas Campaign in Bayawan City which was attended by officials of the provincial government, Bayawan City government, and DOH7.
PinasLakas is the government’s nationwide campaign to increase the COVID-19 vaccine booster uptake among Filipinos.
Estacion disclosed that her office is willing to do this again to create massive public awareness on the benefits of the booster shots and entice more people to take their jabs.
Currently, the IPHO is holding mobile vaccination for primary doses and booster jabs from Monday to Friday in several venues.
The IPHO mobile vaccination team is at the Macias Sports Center every Monday and Tuesday, Lee Plaza Mall every Wednesday, and inside the Straive - Inspiro Compound behind the Lee Plaza Hypermart in Brgy. Bagacay every Thursday.
Fridays are dedicated for agencies, establishments, and other areas that would like to request for special vaccination.
She encouraged owners of agencies, establishments, and companies who would like to hold mobile vaccinations for their employees to write a letter addressed to the governor or to her office so they can bring the vaccination team to their office.
The health official maintained the safety in taking the vaccines as there have been no severe after effects recorded in the province.
“Ang naa lang common are fever, LBM, sakit sa vaccination site. Mao ra ang common. Dili ta motuo sa mga chismis na magkaproblema ta kung kita magpa-booster (What is common are fever, LBM, pain on the arm where the vaccine was injected. Let’s not believe false information that tells us we will have problems when we get our booster),” Estacion said.
The IPHO chief added the vaccination team is willing to administer booster shots during the Buglasan Festival starting Oct. 21 if the organizer will allow them so that they can cater to more people. (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental)