Step up COVID-19 vaccine info campaign, LGUS told

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging all local government units (LGUs) to exert all efforts in educating their constituents on the government's COVID-19 vaccination program.

Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said this is to combat misinformation and some “fake news” proliferating on social media about the program.

"Right now, marami hong fake news na lumalabas at pag di natin 'to na-verify at na-explain sa ating kababayan, maaaring mawalan ng kumpiyansa ang ating mga kababayan," Densing said during the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic or CODE Team visit to Pasig City on Tuesday. The CODE Team composed of senior officials from the National Task Force (NTF) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Earlier, the DILG urged all local government units (LGUs) to prepare a local vaccination plan as provided in the DOH guidelines on the National Vaccination Program and coordinate closely with their respective DOH-Centers for Health Development in preparing this plan.

The agency has issued Memorandum No. 2021-007 where LGUs are directed to come up with a vaccination plan containing the preparation of risk communication plans and conduct of early vaccine communication campaign to disseminate critical information on COVID-19 vaccination.

The reorganization of existing Emergency Operation Centers in LGUs was also encouraged to include a dedicated arm for vaccine concerns and mobilization of barangay personnel and other volunteers to assist in the preparation and actual vaccination.

Moreover, the memorandum urged the participation of concerned offices and personnel such as LGU health offices, Public Information Offices and Sanitation Offices, among others, must also be part of the said plan. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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