About 2,000 senior citizens now vaccinated in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY, May 22 (PIA) – Some seniors and elderlies under the A2 category in Ilocos Norte are now vaccinated with the first dose of vaccines that will protect them from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of May 18 data of the Department of Health (DOH)-Ilocos Center for Health Development, there are 1,989 senior citizens who underwent vaccination among the 71,380 masterlisted eligible population.

The data suggest that 2.79 percent of the seniors in Ilocos Norte have received doses from Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Vaccinated individuals for the first dose under the A2 group have reached 18,747 among the 547,788 masterlisted eligible population in the Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, 633 have yet to receive their second dose.

During the meeting of the National and Regional Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC-RVOC), DOH Undersecretary Dr. Myrna Cabotaje emphasized the need to prioritize the population under the A1 and A2 who are considered one of the most vulnerable sectors in this time of pandemic.

She ordered local health centers to focus on the vaccination of the said groups.

“Focus on A1 and A2. There is a reason for A1 and A2 because they are the most vulnerable. Sila ang at risk. Ang ating mga nasa A1, sila ang nakikisalamuha sa ating mga pasyente. If they get sick, our healthcare system will fall. For A2, kahit nasa bahay lang sila, sila ang priority because if they get sick, most likely they have severe disease,” the health official said during the online meeting of members of the NVOC-RVOC.

Those who have not yet vaccinated are encouraged to coordinate with their barangay health officials to be enlisted and given schedule for the inoculation in their town’s vaccination center.

COVID-19 focal person in Region I, Dr. Rheuel Bobis, is also reminding fully-vaccinated Ilokanos to still comply with the minimum public health standards to guarantee maximum protection against the viral disease.


BIDA PLUS. Dr. Rheuel Bobis reiterates the need to comply the minimum public health standards even when fully vaccinated in his discussion during the Town Hall Meeting for Media on May 21. (photo by MJTAB)


Meanwhile in Ilocos Norte, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc hopes for improvement and speedy immunization of residents as they expect for the delivery of the provincial government-purchased vaccines for residents.

“We are also strategizing our own rollout of vaccines. We have AstraZeneca na darating,” Governor Manotoc said during an online press conference. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB, PIA Ilocos Norte)

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

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