PHOTO CAPTION: In a recent coordination meeting with various government agencies and municipal mayors relative to the 3-day National Vaccination Days, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr., said, “I know kapoy na kita tanan. Gani, mag cooperate kita tanan kag mag pabakuna na [I know we are all exhausted, which is why everyone needs to cooperate and get vaccinated].”/iNews (Screenshot from video posted on Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo Facebook page)
ILOILO–All eyes—or perhaps, arms—on the goal: vaccinate 338,716 Iloilo provincial residents in the three days set by the national government as National Vaccination Days.
According to Dr. Maria Socorro C. Quiñon, provincial health officer, the provincial program will be massive, employing 381 vaccination teams and 1,143 health care workers at 172 vaccination sites administering a target of 112,905 doses daily from November 29 to December 1.
Earlier, Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr., had announced they had already hired an additional 1,092 vaccinators that included nurses and doctors but are looking for more.
“We have enough vaccines; we are doing our best…the province…has additional vaccinators for all the municipalities. We’re working with our partner agencies in the regional Inter-Agency Task Force and the private sector so we can maximize our vaccination program,” he said at the launching ceremonies of the pediatric and booster vaccinations at West Visayas State University on November 22.
Noting how health protocols are “inversely proportional” to the vaccination programs, Defensor underscored how the protocols will be less restrictive if more people get vaccinated.
“Kun nagadamo gani ang aton guina bakunahan, may rason kita nga maghalog sg aton protocols [If we vaccinate more people, there will be more reason to relax the protocols],” he stated.
Defensor also appealed to members of the media to help in the campaign to convince Ilonggos to get the kind of protection against COVID-19 only vaccines can provide.
“I reiterate: get vaccinated and don’t be choosy with the brand as all the vaccines are effective,” he said in Hiligaynon.
It was learned that the 10 LGUs with the highest three-day target are Oton (15,924); City of Passi (15,136); Carles (14,247); Lambunao (13,748); Dumangas (13,030); Miagao (12,572); Tigbauan (12,228); Janiuay (11,468): Calinog (11,331); and Pototan (11,203).
From information taken from the official Facebook media page of the Provincial Capitol, the province needs to jab close to 1.45 million individuals to reach herd immunity but has fully vaccinated only 34% of the eligible population as of November 22; a higher 48% have already received one dose. (Terri Amador/iNews)