BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan — The Department of Health-Ilocos Region starts today, Tuesday (26 July 2022) its regionwide covid booster vaccination thrust, targetting around 1.7 million eligible individuals in the region for inoculation.
The “PinasLakas” is a national vaccination drive to intensify Covid-19 booster shots for the eligible population providing an additional layer of protection against the virus.
This is to complement PBBM’s Presidential Directive on Covid-19 Mass Vaccination in his first 100 days which will target 90% vaccination of senior citizens to complete their first and second dose and provide booster shots to 50% of the 12 years old and above population.
Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco encouraged everyone to get their booster shots to ensure their protection and safety against the Covid virus.
“Patuloy po ang pagtaas ng mga kaso ngayon kaya’t kailangang lahat po tayo ay mabakunahan upang makumpleto po natin ang ating booster doses upang maiwasan po ito,” Sydiongco said.
“Ang pagbabakuna lamang ang tanging paraan upang tayo ay hindi magkaroon ng malubhang sakit at malabanan ang pagkalat ng sakit na Covid. Tayo ay kasalukuyang nasa pandemya kaya’t patuloy nating ugaliin ang pagsusuot ng face mask at sumunod sa mga health protocols na itinalaga ng ating pamahalaan upang matiyak ang ating kaligtasan,” she stated in her message during the launching ceremony at St. Vincent Ferrer Prayer Park in Barangay Bani, Bayambang, Pangasinan.
As of July 25, 2022, Ilocos Region has fully vaccinated 3,753,201 or 86.91%, and 911,269 or 22.13% received their first booster dose aged 12 years old and above. Only 61,303 or 1.75% have taken their first booster dose.
“We will be vaccinating less than 2 million more, and with the assistance of the social mobilizers, health workers, local government units, and partner agencies we will bring the vaccination services to everyone’s doorstep to ensure that all individuals will receive the protection they need.”
“Palakasin natin ang ating immunity laban sa Covid-19, magpabakuna po tayo at labanan ang pagkalat ng virus sa ating komunidad. Tara na at magpabakuna!,” Sydiongco urged the citizenry. (ai/mtvn)
DOH-Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco administers the ceremonial booster vaccination to Bayambang KGU Vaccine Czar Leonardo P. Solomon, signalling the start of “PinasLakas” Booster Vaccination Activity in the whole region during the launching ceremony held at the St. Francis Ferrer Prayer Park in Brgy Bani, Bayambang, Pangasinan on Tuesday (July 26, 2022).