MALOLOS CITY – The provincial government here has started the conduct of its accelerated vaccine rollout program to hasten the protection of Bulakenyos against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Bulacan Provincial Health Office (PHO) targets to inoculate at least 2.7 million of its eligible adult population.
A total of 350 residents, including senior citizens and adults with comorbidities, in Barangay Malis, Guiguinto, were the first to avail of the ramped-up vaccination drive on Thursday.
“Hopefully, kapag nagtuluy-tuloy ang pagdadala sa atin ng mga bakuna, maaabot natin ang ating minimithing herd immunity at sana sa darating na December ay magkaroon na tayo ng masayang Pasko (Hopefully when vaccines are continuously delivered to us, we can attain our goal of herd immunity and hopefully, this coming December. we will have merry Christmas)” Governor Daniel Fernando said in an interview on Friday.
He also said Bulacan needs more nurses and doctors.
“Kung meron man kayong mga kamag-anak o kaibigan na nurse o doktor ay kumbinsihin n’yo sila na mag-apply sa ating pamahalaang panlalawigan dahil sa kakulangan natin ng mga front-liners na mag-aalaga sa ating mga Covid-19 patients (If you have relatives or friends who are nurses or doctors, convince them to apply at the provincial government because we have a shortage of front-liners who will take care our Covid-19 patients),” he added.
The province recorded 661 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, raising its active carriers to 3,513.
Felicisima Mungcal, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that of the total active cases, 776 (22 percent) are admitted in hospitals, 138 (4 percent) are in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, and 2,599 (74 percent) are on home isolation.
Out of the total of 63,821 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province, she said 59,111 or 93 percent have recovered and 1,197 died.
The province is under modified enhance community quarantine until Sept. 30. (PNA)