C. Visayas elderlies urged to register for vaccination

C. Visayas elderlies urged to register for vaccination

CEBU CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas on Wednesday advised senior citizens to register at their local government units for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination.

DOH-7 chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said elderlies residing in localities outside the National Capital Region are given only until April 15 to submit themselves for “master-listing” under the Covid-19 vaccination priority framework.

The registration for people aged 60 years old and above will be conducted as hospitals and other medical facilities are still finishing the inoculation of government and private front-line workers.

“You should enlist yourselves. You know why? It’s because we received already a notification that once the vaccines are here after the allocations intended for the healthcare workers (HCWs) under A1.1 to A1.7, there will be additional vaccines to arrive very soon that is for the A2 to A3 priority sector already,” Loreche said in a briefing at the Visayas Vaccine Operation Center (VVOC) in Mandaue City.

Although Loreche did not provide a specific date for the arrival of the additional vaccines for Cebu and the Central Visayas, she said that “we are hopeful that the vaccines will arrive in the coming days and definitely you are next in line” for the inoculation.

There will be a total of 771,468 senior citizens who are eligible for vaccination, according to Loreche, who is also the Central Visayas Covid-19 spokesperson.

The VVOC, she said, will also prepare for the inoculation of persons with comorbidities who are neither senior citizens nor HCWs and listed under the A3 priority of the national vaccination program.

Front-line personnel in essential establishments, including unformed personnel and those in working groups identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF EID) as essential during the enhanced community quarantine under A4 and the indigent population under A5 priority sectors will also follow.

“If we finish vaccination of A2 and A3 priority, it’s not far-fetched that other members of the population will be allowed to enlist for the vaccination,” Loreche said. (PNA)

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