By Glen S. Ramos

DOH Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco administers an anti-Covid vaccine booster shot during the Bayanihanm Bakunahan National Vaccination Days held in one of the hotels in San Juan, La Union.

SAN Fernando City, La Union — The Department of Health-Ilocos Region has deployed “social mobilizers” to provide special assistance and help convince people to receive their free vaccination to further enhance the booster vaccination coverage of the target population in the region.

The social mobilizers will conduct house-to-house information campaigns, including office and school visits and explain the side effects and the advantages of the COVID-19 vaccine and convince people to get vaccinated.

They will also map out the various communities and identify the factors why there is low acceptance of vaccination.

Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco stated that the social mobilizers will be convincing people who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Malaking challenge ito sa kanila dahil kailangang nilang makumbinsi ang mga ayaw magpabakuna at takot magpabakuna. We really need everyone’s help to convince them and provide them the protection they need against the virus, especially now that cases are already on the rise,” Sydiongco said.

The social mobilizers will inform the community about the benefits and side effects of the Covid-19 vax before the vaccination team visits every house and workplace in the area to administer the shots.

“Nabigyan na natin ang mga kailangang mabigyan ng bakuna at patuloy pa rin ang vaccination activities sa mga barangay kasama ang ating mga lokal na pamahalaan sa mga malls, marketplace, covered courts, plazas, bus terminals and iba pang accessible na pampublikong lugar.”

“We have provided vaccination posts in all areas where people can conveniently come and get their booster shots,” she said.

Sydiongco added that the utilization of social mobilizers is in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Social mobilizers will be deployed in the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan.

As of July 22, 2022, Ilocos region has vaccinated 3.7 million individuals or 86.9% and only 904,964 or 21.9% received their first booster dose.

The DOH will again launch a nationwide campaign on July 26, 2022, called “PinasLakas” Covid-19 vaccination drive which aims to provide primary doses to 90% of the target elderly population and immunize 50% of the target population with the first booster dose. (ai/mtvn)

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