Unvaccinated residents of Iloilo city, prov told: get vaxxed in 3-day national vaccination drive

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas (left) and Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. both believe that the only way to be rid of COVID-19 is unrelenting vaccination until 70 percent of the population is jabbed and herd immunity is achieved./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Arnold Almacen/CMO and Politiko Visayas)

ILOILO CITY–With new cases of COVID-19 here in the region now on a continued decline for several weeks—nowhere more pronounced than in the city and province of Iloilo—officials of both local government units are all the more convinced they need to continue vaccinating their constituents to finally put a stop to this pandemic that has so far taken the lives of 4,181 Western Visayans.

This said, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. are asking all those who are yet to get vaccinated to take part in the 3-Day National Vaccination Drive in select areas in the city and province of Iloilo between November 29 and December 1, 2021.

In Iloilo City, vaccination sites at Robinson’s Jaro, SM City Iloilo, and Ateneo de Iloilo will be taking in residents for vaccination on the appointed dates, Mayor Treñas said.

He added that for the three-day vaccination drive, there will be no need for registration prior to the vaccination date as they only have to go to the aforementioned sites on the said dates to be jabbed.

Meanwhile, in the province, those who haven’t been vaccinated yet only need to go to the Rural Health Unit of their respective towns to get their shots.

“Ang bakuna safe; ang bakuna kinahanglan [Vaccines are safe; vaccines are necessary],” the provincial chief executive averred.

Based on Proclamation No. 1253 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte recently, public and private employees who will take part in the vaccination drive will be excused from work on any one of those days.

The country envisions vaccinating some 70 percent of the total population, including those in the 12- to 17-year old age bracket, to achieve herd immunity.

In the three-day vaccination blitz all over the country, the national government is targeting to jab at least 15 million Filipinos, with Iloilo Province looking to vaccinate 338,716 individuals.

Meanwhile, the vaccination of minors, as well as senior citizens and immuno-compromised persons, will go on in conjunction with the vaccination drive.

To note, weekly new COVID-19 cases in Iloilo City have dwindled from 820 on October 11-17 to 579 on October 18-24, 342 on October 25-31, 233 on November 1-7, 58 on November 8-14, and 37 on November 15-21. From Nov. 22 to 27, Iloilo City logged only 25 cases.

Iloilo Province’s new COVID-19 cases are also on a downtrend, with new cases in the province hitting the three-digit mark with 851 in October 18-24, 715 on October 25-31, 418 on November 1-7, 111 on November 8-14, and 104 on November 15-21. Iloilo’s running total for this week’s new cases until Saturday is at 51. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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