More Mountain Province folk inoculated

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BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government lauded the willingness of the residents of the province to be inoculated under the ongoing government’s mass vaccination program even with the limited delivery of vaccines to the different parts of the country.

Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. stated those wanting to be vaccinated is continually increasing over the programmed more than 40 percent composition of the priority sectors that should be vaccinated as more people are now lining up for vaccination.

He disclosed that people want to be vaccinated to help in the gradual and safe revival of the local economy which had been heavily impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The local chief executive disclosed here is high acceptance of the vaccines among the province’s populace but the inadequate supply of vaccines is greatly affecting the implementation of the mass vaccination to achieve either the population containment or the projected herd immunity.

According to him, the provincial government continues to make representations with the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases and the national task force on COVID-19 for more vaccines for the province for the speedy roll out of the government’s mass vaccination program.

The governor urged residents to continue registering with the different rural health units where they are for the provincial government to have the data to justify the request from the national government to provide adequate vaccines for the people in the different parts of the province.

Mountain Province is one of the provinces in the Cordillera that have a high percentage of vaccination among the priority sectors based on the data being provided by the regional office of the health department.

Lacwasan stipulated that for the past several weeks, there had been noticeable increases in the number of individuals visiting the different rural health units to inquire on the availability of vaccines for them to be vaccinated thus there is no problem in implementing the vaccination program in the whole province once there will be sufficient supply of vaccines made available.

He explained the provincial government in close coordination with the municipal government had been working for the establishment of vaccination centers in the municipalities and the barangays to make the vaccines available to the people coming from the remote communities of the province.

He assured that the provincial government readily roll out the vaccination in the different parts of the province once the vaccines are available in the coming weeks. By HENT

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