City to “search out” seniors

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Mayor Benjamin Magalong last week gave directives for city, district and barangay health authorities and officials to search out and have more or less 11,000 senior citizens registered and vaccinated.
 
According to Baguio City Health Services Office (CHSO) head Dr. Rowena Galpo, there are 32,603 registered elderlies; with at least 30,000 issued with identification cards, City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) Betty Fangasan confirmed during the regular management committee meeting.
 
Of the 32,603 senior citizens registered with bakuna.baguio.gov.ph, there are 1,605 immunized with the one-dose J and J, and 19,440 had their second dose of Sinovac, Astrazeneca, Gamaleya and Pfizer brands.
 
With 21,045 immunized elderlies; at least 11,000 or more, need to be convinced to be vaccinated, and they have to be “searched out,” and registered, through the barangay health emergency response team (BHERTs), in coordination with their local officials, the mayor said.
 
The mayor also announced that cash incentives of P50,000; P30,000; P20,000; and consolation prizes shall be given to barangays who are able to have 95% of their senior citizens registered for vaccination. Barangay who are able to do so shall be awarded on Baguio day, Sept. 1.
 
Earlier, the mayor instructed barangay officials to explain in case of death in their area of responsibility (AOR), specially if the individual is unvaccinated. In a memorandum, the mayor directed a survey of unvaccinated A2 (Senior citizens) and A3 (adults with comorbidities) in their respective barangays. The reports were supposedly submitted last July 23. – Julie G. Fianza

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