DILG calls for more volunteers to support 3-day COVID-19 vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2021   •   348

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called for more volunteers to support all local government units (LGU) during the three-day national vaccination drive.

The three-day campaign, dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan,” will be held from November 29 to December 1. It aims to inoculate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside of Metro Manila.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said this program is “the most ambitious vaccination undertaking in the country to date,” and they need many volunteers, especially those with medical backgrounds, to assist in the more than 12,000 vaccination sites nationwide.

“We, therefore, urge everyone to become heroes not only by getting vaccinated but also by volunteering their services during the three-day vaccination drive,” he added.

Año urged state or private colleges and universities, especially those that are offering medical and nursing courses, to mobilize doctors, nurses, and nursing students to assist LGUs during the campaign.

Among the volunteers needed for the campaign are vaccination teams that include medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, first responders, paramedics, other health professionals, teachers, and professors.

“They will be assigned as health screeners, vaccinators, post vaccination monitors, or health educators. The projected number of health professionals needed is around 100,000” Año said.

For the vaccination drive management team, the DILG said the volunteers needed are data professionals, teachers, and school personnel, accountants, students, government employees, Sangguniang Kabataan, or any willing and trained data personnel and volunteers.

“They will be assigned as Encoders or Talliers or Data Consolidators,” the department added.

The DILG said LGUs are already mobilizing barangay officials and barangay-based institutions to bring people to the more than 12,000 proposed vaccination sites.

“Bukod sa ating mga LGUs, napakalaki po ng parte ng bawat mamamayan sa paparating na Bayanihan Bakunahan. Kaya naman, inaanyayahan po namin ang lahat na makiisa at mag-volunteer. Let us live out the spirit of bayanihan and defeat the pandemic,” Año said.

“Mag-volunteer sa inyong LGU para sa anumang suporta na maaaring maibigay. Hikayatin at tulungan magpabakuna ang mga kapamilya at kaibigan para sa ating pagsalubong sa ligtas na bagong normal lalo na ngayong magpa-Pasko at sa nalalapit na pagpasok ng bagong taon,” he added.

Volunteers can sign up through the National Volunteer Registration portal.

“LGUs must also ensure that the enlistment of volunteers thru the National Vaccination Volunteer Registration (NVVR) is properly managed by assigning a point person who will coordinate and communicate with the volunteers, and a data manager to download the list of volunteers with their contact details from the Vaccination Operations Reporting System (VORS),” the DILG said.

In a memorandum circular, Año also urged LGUs to expand the number of vaccination sites to include schools, malls, cinemas, restaurants, and other public places.

He also said LGUs should see to it that all vaccines that shall be used in the nationwide campaign are ready and will be properly distributed to the vaccination sites.

After the three-day vaccination drive, the DILG said it will be evaluating the performance of the LGUs.

They will also be required to submit a report to DILG’s Emergency Operations Center on December 3.

“From December 2-31, 2021, the DILG will be assessing and evaluating the reports and will be recognizing and commending LGUs who have achieved their daily targets for the NVD. The DILG will also provide feedback and report to the LGU,” it said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the dates November 29, 30 and December 1 as Bayanihan, Bakunahan COVID-19 vaccination days,

Under Proclamation No. 1253, issued by Duterte on Wednesday, employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during this period, shall not be considered absent from their work.

 

PITX to serve as COVID-19 vax site for 5 days

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) opens its doors Monday (January 24) to serve as a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination site until Friday.

The PITX management will give priority to transport workers and passengers who will avail of the program for their first, second, or booster dose.

This is part of the vaccination drive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that seeks to provide and ensure safe trips as the country implements the ‘no vaccination-no ride’ policy.

The site is expected to provide service to up to 500 walk-in individuals each day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this will help in making vaccination sites accessible to the public and encourage transport workers and passengers to get vaccinated, adding that the same project will be launched in other government transport facilities.

“Sa mga susunod na araw din ay ilulunsad ng DOTr ang vaccination sites sa mga istasyon ng tren, pantalan, at maging sa tollways,” he said.

DOTr Usec. For Administrative Service Atty. Artemio Tuazon Jr. confirmed the said government plan.

“Pinag-utos po rin ni Secretary Tugade na magbukas na rin po kami ng mga vaccination areas sa mga puerto, sa airport po, sa mga terminal ng mga iba pa pong terminal ng pampublikong sasakyan, sa atin pong mga stasyon ng tren at pati na rin po sa ating mga expressways po ay hahanap po kami ng lugar at magbubukas na rin po kami ng vaccination centers,” Tuazon said.

The Department, he said, is now coordinating with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) concerning the installation of vaccination stations on toll roads.

In a message sent to UNTV News and Rescue, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said they have brought the matter to the toll operators and are now awaiting feedback. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

Palace on old video of Duterte discouraging booster shots: ‘Should be viewed in proper context’

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that the video of President Rodrigo Duterte discouraging the public from getting booster shots against COVID-19 was an old clip and that it should be viewed in the “proper context.”

In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the video clip, which recently made rounds online, was recorded in September 2021 when the COVID-19 situation in the country and the government’s vaccination priority was still different from today.

Nograles issued the statement after receiving information about a video clip of Duterte, in which he states that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are sufficient, is being shared and used by some critics to campaign against the administration’s efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

“The said video clip should be viewed in the proper context. At that point, 21 million of our countrymen were fully vaccinated, and our priority was to increase this number, which is why the provision of booster shots had yet to be approved,” he said.

“The situation today is now vastly different,” he added.

Nograles said it was in November 2021 when the government approved the recommendation of Philippine health experts to use booster doses for all fully vaccinated individuals as the country was able to secure then an ample supply of vaccines and a substantial percentage of population was already fully vaccinated.

“To further encourage the public to get their booster shots, the President in his December 21, 2021 address enjoined the public to ‘take advantage’ of the country’s sufficient supply of vaccines against COVID-19 and get their booster shots to control the spread of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant,” he said.

“We reiterate that there is clear evidence that COVID-19 booster shots provide additional protection against the virus,” he added.

Nograles has urged the public “to refrain from sharing disinformation that will endanger the lives of our kababayan, compromise our efforts to contain COVID-19, and undermine our campaign to beat the disease.”

Pagkahawa ng COVID-19, hindi dapat sadyain para magkaroon ng immunity – eksperto

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang isang health expert sa publiko, lalo na ang mga bakunado kontra COVID-19, na huwag maging kampante dahil maaari pa rin silang dapuan ng sakit.

Paliwanag ni Dr. Nina Gloriani, ang head ng vaccine expert panel, dapat pa ring mag-ingat ang mga bakunado na at huwag hayaang ma-expose ang sarili sa mga taong infected ng COVID-19.

Aniya, napatunayan na sa maraming pag-aaral na nakakapagbigay ng proteksyon ang available na bakuna kontra COVID-19 pero hindi ito 100 porsiyento dahil may mga instansiya na nagkakaroon ng breakthrough infection.

“Pero iyong nabakunahan at nahawa ay tinatawag na breakthough, iyon talaga ang tinatawag na breakthrough,” ani Gloriani.

Paliwanag ng eksperto, mayroong nade-develop na natural immunity o karagdagang proteksyon ang isang fully vaccinated na nagkaka-COVID pa rin dahil natural na tumaas ang immunity ng isang indibidwal na nagkakasakit.

Pero babala nito, hindi dapat sadyain ng sinoman na i-expose ang sarili sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 para lang magkaroon ng natural immunity sa virus.

“Base sa pag-aaral, totoo na ang natural immunity plus vaccine immunity, iyong tinatawag nating hybrid immunity ay mas mataas ang level ng mga neutralizing antibody,” ani Gloriani.

“Pero I don’t think the doctors will say, yes magpa-expose kayo para magkaroon kayo ng natural immunity, hindi po ganoon,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi pa rin aniya nawawala ang posibilidad na maaari pa ring maging malala ang breakthough infection sa isang fully vaccination depende sa sitwasyon.

“Mabuti kung ang breakthrough infection ninyo ay mild, hanggang moderate siguro pero mild, magkakaroon kayo ng boosting ng immunity. Pero kung maging severe iyon, hindi iyon maganda. so hindi natin titignan na ang pagpapa-infect nalang tayo. hindi po ganoong ang tama,” ani Gloriani.

Dagdag pa nito, nakadepende pa rin sa general health status ng isang tao kung gaano kalala ang magiging epekto ng virus sa kanilang katawan lalo’t lumabas sa mga pag-aaral na nagkakaroon ng long COVID-19 ang ilan sa mga naka-recover mula sa sakit.

“Sa kaso ng covid-19 ay ibang iba po itong sakit na ito. Kunyari, mahawa ka sa flu o sa colds, commmon colds, gagaling ka kaagad. Pero itong covid-19 hindi po sigurado kung anong magiging natural course ng ating infection,” ani Gloriani.

Muli namang iginiit ng mga eksperto na kahit pa fully vaccinated na ang ating mga kababayan ay mahalaga  pa rin ang palagiang pagsunod sa health standards upang makaiwas sa COVID-19.

Umapela rin ito sa ating mga kababayan na huwag nang mamili ng brand ng COVID-19 vaccines dahil lahat naman ng mga ito ay makakapagbibigay pa rin ng kinakailangan nating proteksyon laban sa virus. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

 

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