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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal council approved a resolution encouraging residents of the municipality who were vaccinated in other places to voluntarily inform the municipal health services office for proper recording and validation of their vaccination status.
Resolution No. 230-2021 authored by Councilor Nestor T. Fongwan, Jr. stated that to enable the municipality to properly validate, record and provide a correct data of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination results, it is important that residents who were vaccinated in other places outside the municipality are encouraged to voluntarily inform the local government through the municipal health services office on their vaccination status and where were they vaccinated.
Earlier, the health department reported that La Trinidad has a low turnout of residents that are vaccinated against the deadly virus amidst the on-going massive information education campaign being undertaken by the local government and other concerned government agencies for people to be vaccinated that will serve as an added protection for them not to contract severe infection or cause their untimely demise.
Fongwan stipulated that understandably, during the early stages of the vaccination roll out by the government through the health department and the local government, the municipality was allotted a minimal volume of vaccines that prompted those working, studying and those engaged in businesses outside the municipality to get vaccinated in their areas of operations.
Further, some local governments also offered that residents from the municipality can be vaccinated in their area of jurisdiction to help in achieving the desired population protection and eventual herd immunity to reduce the emerging threat of the virus and its variants.
However, for the past several weeks, the health department had been providing local governments with more than enough supply of vaccines that paved the way for the enhanced roll out of the government’s vaccination program in compliance to the marching orders from the inter=agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases to inoculate more people as much as possible to achieve the targeted herd immunity by the end of the year or by the first quarter of next year.
Moreover, the municipality opened additional vaccination sites to ensure that more people will be inoculated with the increased supply of vaccines aside from the roll out of the inoculation of the pediatric population or those aged 12 to 17.
Fongwan expressed hope that the residents who were already vaccinated in other areas outside the municipality will voluntarily declare their vaccination status with the concerned health authorities to help in updating the local government’s vaccination records and to add up to the data of the municipality on the actual number of vaccinated residents.
He urged the residents to be vaccinated with the available vaccines so that they will have an added protection to prevent them from contracting sever infection that might cause their health condition to be compromised and which might also lead to their untimely demise if they will not be given such protection from the available vaccines that are readily available for inoculation in the vaccination sites. By HENT