MANILA — Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Secretary Rosario Vergeire led the launching of the “Bakunahang Bayan: Special Vaccination Days” in Trece Martires, Cavite at the city’s public market on Friday (September 30, 2022).

Local government officials and non-government agencies also attended the launch as a show of their support in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

In her keynote speech, Vergeire emphasized the significance of obtaining the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, now that the omicron variant was found to be the dominant variant in the country.

“Hanggang maaga gusto natin mabigyan ng proteksyon ang ating populasyon at ating mga kababayan. Ito pong mga bakunang nakuha natin, sa unang dalawang doses ay nag wi-wane po ang immunity, kumpleto na po ang ebidensya nito all over the world. Kaya naman hinikayat ng DOH together with local governments ang pagbibigay at pagtanggap ng mga kababayan natin ng bakuna,” said OIC Secretary Vergeire.

Meanwhile, OIC SOH Vergeire expressed her gratitude for the unwavering efforts of local government officials in promoting COVID-19 vaccination among their constituents. She likewise encouraged every Caviteño and Caviteña to get their primary series and booster doses of COVID-19.

“Na-appreciate po ng kagawarang pangkalusugan ang ating mga local officials para makapag pabakuna dahil alam po namin ang hirap nila in spite na andyan po ang risk na pwedeng mangyari,” OIC Secretary Vergeire added.

“Muli, hinihikayat po namin ang bawat Caviteño at Caviteña na naririto na magpabakuna na ng kanilang primary series at ng booster doses upang mas mapatibay natin ang ating wall of immunity. Ang pagpili sa bakuna ay pagpili ng kaligtasan hindi lamang ng inyong mga sarili kung hindi pati ng mga komunidad na inyong kinabibilangan,” OIC Secretary Vergeire concluded.

Also present at the event were Calabarzon Center for Health Development-Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia, Assistant Regional Director Leda M. Hernandez, DOH CHD CALABARZON Local Health Support Division (LHSD) Dr. Ma. Elena Castillo-Gonzales, Trece Martires City Mayor Gemma Lubigan and the representatives from partner agencies: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Relief International, USAID ReachHealth Project, World Health Org. (WHO) Philippine Medical Association (PMA), Philippine Pedia Society-Southern Tagalog Chapter (PPS-STC).

As of September 29, 2022, a total of 3,081,830 (26%) individuals from the general population have already been administered with 1st booster and 1, 049, 085 (82%) individuals from A2 are now fully vaccinated in the region.

In the province of Cavite, a total of 979, 135 (31%) individuals were administered with 1st boosters while 268, 855 (82%) individuals are now fully vaccinated. Data is based on the Presidential Directives for the first Booster and A2 under “Sa Booster PinasLakas” Campaign. (ai/mtvn)

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