The Albay local government is calling for additional vaccine doses for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the surge of cases in the province.
During a virtual public briefing on Wednesday (June 23), Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara reported that the province has recorded 1,958 active cases as of Wednesday.
He also reported that the province has enough machines for their laboratory testing in regional hospitals but there are delays in releasing the test results.
Bichara said there are not enough COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the province.
“Ang dumating sa aming ay 6,000 plus vaccines, pero ang dapat na bakunahan namin ay 46,000 from A1 to A4 [Priority Group],” he said.
(Only 6,000 vaccines arrived but we need to vaccinate 46,000 individuals from the A1 to A4 Priority Group.)
Bichara said vaccinating essential workers is necessary to prevent the further spread of the virus in the province.
The Albay official also belied reports that the region will experience a similar situation in India. He added that several COVID-19 patients prefer private hospitals while others refuse to be isolated in quarantine facilities and would rather stay at home.
“Iyong iba naman maliit ang bahay, mahahawa ang buong pamilya. Kadalasan, ganoon ang nangyayari. Nagkakaroon ng family transmission kaya ubos ang pamilya, puro positive,” he said.
(There is not enough space in some houses so the entire family gets infected. That’s what usually happens. There is family transmission so all the family members are positive)
Meanwhile, Bichara said residents would rather not have the region be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). He assured that the situation in the region is not as dire compared with other areas. He reported that he met with mayors in the region to discuss stricter guidelines under general community quarantine.
“Pinatigil pa namin ang mga karaoke at may liquor ban. May curfew sa ibang bayan,” he said.
(We imposed a karaoke and liquor ban. There is a curfew in several areas.)
Medical experts in Bicol previously recommended putting the region under heightened quarantine restriction due to the increasing of COVID-19 cases. AAC