DOH says restrictions for unvaccinated individuals may lead to discrimination

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2021   •   132

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday warned that imposing restrictions on people unvaccinated against COVID-19 may lead to discrimination.

In a statement, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that majority of the country’s population have yet to get inoculated and restricting their mobility may lead to discrimination.

“[A]s of now, majority of the population is unvaccinated and hence it may lead to discrimination especially to those who don’t have access to vaccines yet or to those who really cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons,” she said.

Vergeire issued the statement following calls to allow the private sector to restrict the activities of unvaccinated persons for the common good.

She assured that the DOH is open to recommendations from the private sector.

Meanwhile, the DOH renewed its call on eligible individuals to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families against covid-19.

“The DOH urges the eligible population to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19,” Vergeire said.

“Moreover, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to practice the minimum public health standards since they can still get infected and infect others with COVID-19,” she added.

 

Over 90 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs administered in PH – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has administered over 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the government rolled out the immunization drive in March, Malacañang said Friday.

Citing the December 2 data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard, acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said a total of 90,259,621 doses have been administered nationwide.

Of said figure, 48.42 percent or 37.3 million individuals have been fully vaccinated, he added.

The total included some 52.4 million first doses and 432,301 booster doses.

The government aims to vaccinate 54 million by the end of 2021 and up to 70 million by March 2022 to attain population protection against COVID-19.

In a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate, the government launched a three-day mass vaccination campaign, which initially aimed to vaccinate 9 million.

The campaign covered at least 8 million individuals in three days. The Department of Health earlier said this figure is expected to go up as reports continue to come in.

Meanwhile, the government also announced that the expanded rollout of the administration of booster shots for all fully vaccinated individuals aged 18 and above has started on Friday.

This program includes the Phase 2 rollout of the booster and additional doses for priority group A3 (persons with comorbidities), Nograles said.

Tandaan natin na importanteng magpabakuna sa gitna ng banta ng Omicron variant,” he said.

“Sa milyun-milyong nabakunahan na mga Pilipino, 99%+++ ay walang naramdaman na adverse reaction, o kung mayroon man, mild lamang po ito. Wala pong namatay na direktang may kaugnayan sa COVID-19 vaccine jab,” he added.

24K expired AstraZeneca vaccine doses sa Western Visayas, susuriin kung maaari pang gamitin – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2021

Ipinapasuri na ng Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas kung maaari pang gamitin ang nasa 24,000 doses ng AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine na nag-expire noong November 30.

Bahagi ito ng libu-libong supply ng AstraZeneca vaccine na ipinadala sa Western Visayas noong buwan ng Oktubre.

Nasa 45,000 doses sa mga ito ang ipinadala sa Negros Occidental noong Nobyembre 8. Batay sa ulat ng provincial government, 14,920 doses pa ang natitira sa mga ito at hindi nagamit hanggang sa mag-expire noong Nobyembre 30.

Ayon kay Negros Occidental provincial administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II, hindi ginamit ang mga nasabing bakuna dahil tumanggi umano ang mga local government unit (LGU) na tanggapin ito dahil sa nalalapit na expiration date.

“We value our vaccines. We want to use them. We do not delay, but we value more the vaccinees. We don’t want to inject vaccines that are about to expire,” ani Diaz.

Ang natitirang 10,000 doses naman ay nasa iba’t ibang lokalidad.

Ayon sa DOH regional office, ipinasasauli na nila ang mga nasabing bakuna upang masuri kung maaari pa itong gamitin.

Ayon kay Bea Camille Natalaray, ang tagapagsalita ng DOH Region 6, hihingan rin ng paliwanag ang concerned LGUs kung bakit hindi nagamit ang nasabing supply.

“Magpapasa sila ng incident report to explain bakit hindi nila na-utilize ang vaccine within the period of time. Ano ang mga factors konoconsider para next time maging part na siya ng ating mga guidelines or protocols or strategies,” ani Natalaray.

Sa ngayon ay hinihintay pa ng DOH-6 ang magiging desisyon ng central office kung dapat bang managot ang mga LGU sa pagkasira ng mga bakuna. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

NVOC: 7.6 million Filipinos vaccinated vs COVID-19 in 3-day drive

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – More than 7.6 million individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19 during the three-day nationwide immunization drive, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Thursday.

NVOC chairperson and Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said data submitted by local government units showed that 2.7 million people were vaccinated on the first day, 2.4 million on the second day, and another 2.4 million on the third day.

She, however, noted that these are just initial figures as reports are still being updated.

“We are very happy with the initial report kasi this is more than two times the daily vaccination rates,” Cabotaje said at a public briefing.

The top-performing regions were Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Central Visayas.

Five regions, meanwhile, exceeded their vaccination targets, namely Ilocos Region, National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, MIMAROPA, and Cagayan Valley.

Authorities aimed to inoculate at least 9 million individuals during the three-day vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

Cabotaje said some areas have reported low output as some residents refused to get vaccinated while others have expressed vaccine preferences.

“Yes, there were isolated reports on this. We need to convince them but we cannot also force them to get the available vaccine. Yung iba bumabalik na lang but anyway, marami pa naman tayong araw na puwede silang bumalik for their preferred vaccine but we would like to relay to everyone na kung anong bakuna dyan this will offer the same protection,” she said.

“Ang ating challenges was really the opportunity to extend our hours of vaccination and allow walk-ins,” she added.

The vaccination drive has been extended until Friday upon the request of local government units.

Cabotaje said the government also decided to extend the immunization to sustain the public’s enthusiasm to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We should strive very hard, kasI mayroong mga 21 million pa ring hindi nababakunahan all over the Philippines,” she said. (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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