MANILA — Department of Health (DOH) Ilocos Assistant Regional Director Helen D. Tobias yesterday led the ceremonial vaccination of employees of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-La Union Regional Office, including their families, to jumpstart its workplace immunization program.

“Workplace vaccination has its own benefits both to employers and employees. First it is cost effective as it decreases time missed from work to get vaccinated and also reduces absences due to illness. It also improves morale because if the workplace is 100% vaccinated, everyone can feel safe and secure from the Covid virus,” Dr. Tobias stated.

“This is one of the strategies that we will be doing, ilalapit po namin sa lahat ng nasa target list ang Covid vaccine upang lahat mabakunahan at walang maiiwanan. Kailangan po nating magpabakuna ng booster shots upang lumakas ang panlaban natin sa virus at mapangalagaan ang ating kalusugan. The end goal is to protect employees, customers, and other stakeholders.”

Tobias added that the regional office together with various local government units are committed to reach the targets and all avenues will be utilized to make the vaccine easily accessible to all. The workplace vaccination activity will visit all public, including private offices in all the provinces of the region.

“Vax posts will be established in markets, schools, terminals, communities and places where people frequent including house-house visits, especially to seniors who are not able to go to vax centers,” Tobias said.

As of August 1, 2022, a total of 8,332,018 doses were administered.

Fully vaccinated individuals at 3,759,101 and those who have at least one dose at 3,999,767.

A total of 159,849 senior citizens received first booster dose. Individuals aged 12 and above with first dose of booster shot at 934,304 and those who received their second booster dose at 70,676.

Tobias encouraged everyone to avail of the Covid booster shots. “Hindi lamang ang inyong sarili ang binibigyan nyo ng proteksyon kundi pati na ang inyong pamilya. Kaya’t tayo nang magpabakuna. Sa PinasLakas lahat tayo ay protektado!” she assured. (ai/mtvn)

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