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DOH, MMDA holds PinasLakas vax program

Ensures continued protection against COVID-19 for Filipinos

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) -- The Department of Health's Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) continue to work hand-in-hand in promoting safety in the workplace by vaccinating public servants, employees, and their family.

On Friday, the PinasLakas COVID-19 vaccination program was conducted at the MMDA headquarters aiming to vaccinate over 120 employees and their close relatives.

MMDA Acting Chairperson Atty. Romando Artes expressed his full support to the DOH's PinasLakas Vaccination Program, the government's revitalized drive to ramp-up the country’s vaccination rate against COVID-19.

"We at the MMDA fully support DOH's PinasLakas Vaccination Program aimed to increase vaccination coverage nationwide. Also, I would like to commend the DOH for its continuing efforts to provide safe, effective, and accessible vaccines to every Filipino," Artes said.

MMDA launched its own mobile vaccination drive in key areas frequented by many people such as shopping malls and transport terminals, as part of the agency's initiatives on COVID-19 response.

The agency also rolled out its own “Resbakuna Kids” drive to help augment Metro Manila’s pediatric vaccination campaigns. Half of the MMDA vaccination facility was transformed into a playground-like area for kids to feel relaxed and to help lessen their fear of vaccines.

The DOH, on the other hand, along with its partner stakeholders, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) and the Makati City government, stresses the importance of strengthening the protection of Filipinos against COVID-19.

The health department and its partners continue to push the public and private sectors to make COVID-19 vaccines consistently accessible as in the earlier vaccination drives in various community settings.

"Prevention will always be better than cure so as we are in the process of recovering our economy and maintaining our work and businesses, we must stay protected from COVID-19 wherever we are," DOH-MMCHD Regional Director Gloria J. Balboa emphasized.

In addition, she expressed that public servants must continuously lead as an example in promoting health protection through vaccination.

"We, in the government agencies who are implementing policies for overall public safety, must serve as role models to show that we ourselves understand the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and are availing them for ourselves and our families."  

Through active leadership and partnerships, the national COVID-19 vaccination program continues to be highlighted in the National Capital Region, ensuring public health and safety for a strengthened wall of immunity by providing boosters to ensure that the protection provided by the primary series of vaccines does not wane.

Meanwhile, according to the DOH, the country has fully vaccinated 73,600,681 or 94.24% of the target population of 78.1 million and first boosters to 20,685,341 or 26.49% of the total target population, as of November 8, 2022. (MMDA/PIA-NCR)

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