Baguio vaccinates 81 percent of elders

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The City Health Services Office (CHSO) in coordination with other agencies clarified the number of registered fully and partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated senior citizens.

In a report during the executive’s management committee meeting last Tuesday, CHSO head Dr. Rowena Galpo said that entry data has been cleared of those who have transferred residence or gone home to their respective provinces. From the Management Information and Technology Department (MITD), the verified list of senior citizens in the city shows they are 30,801 Galpo reported.

Earlier, senior citizens in Baguio were pegged at 32,202 as to identification cards issued by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Of the verified 30,801 senior citizens, 81.75% or 25,175 are completely vaccinated, jabbed with two doses of brands Pfizer, Sinovac, Astrazeneca, Gamaleya or the one-dose Janssen and Janssen. There are 2,234 or 7.3% who are waiting for their second dose, while 3,382 or 11% are being searched out by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs).

From the said category, some have gone to mega vaccination sites; University of Baguio (UB), Saint Louis University (SLU), SM Parking area and the now-closed St. Vincent site. Lately, there were district (Disvacc) and satellite (Satvacc) vaccination sites opened for those in far-flung residential sites, while the mobile vaccine (MoVacc) team cater to immobilized senior citizens, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and bedriddens.

The mobile vaccine team consisting of a screener, vaccinator, volunteer, post vaccination member, ambulance driver and headed by Assistant City Health Services Officer Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, with schedules from the barangays go from house to house immunizing immobilized citizens. Recently, incentive packs of grocery items and vitamins were also given to the elderlies.

Senior citizens are prioritized in all vaccination sites, but need to register with bakuna.baguio.gov.ph and present QR code before immunization. – Julie G. Fianza

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