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Best protection against Covid-19 now comes in pairs

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 27, 2021) – The Provincial Health Office in Sarangani has launched its strategy for vaccination “in pair,” allowing pregnant women and senior citizens and their companion to get a Pfizer shot.

According to Razel Bustria, Sarangani the province’s National Immunization Program coordinator, this is to encourage the elderly in the province to get vaccinated.

“Para magbaton sila ug kaisog magpabakuna kay ang ilang mga caregiver o gabantay sa ilaha maapil pod sa pagbakuna. At least, ‘yung senior citizens confident din s’ya kasi ‘yung nagbabantay sa kanya bakunado din,” Bustria said. “While gina-establish din natin itong strategy na ito to encourage ‘yung mga buntis na magpabakuna na together with their husband or other members of the family.”

She pointed out the need to get vaccinated “especially karon nga nagadaghan ang mga kaso ug naa pa kita’y ginakahadlukan nga Delta variant. Kining atong mga senior citizens ug labi na ang mga buntis mao gyud ning mga grupo na vulnerable o at high risk sa Covid 19.”

The “bring a senior citizen for a Pfizer shot” scheme was launched on October 11 while the campaign for pregnant women kicked off on October 21 as the highlight of the Tutok Buntis, Tutok Nutrisyon activity at the Capitol gymnasium.

Tutok Buntis, Tutok Nutrisyon is a regular activity of the PHO which advocates among mothers the importance of a “birth plan” or the “preparation” of the pregnant mothers.

Per recommendation by the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, pregnant women can be vaccinated against Covid-19 during their second trimester and third trimester.

Bustria said they offered Pfizer shots for the campaign but they could also give Sinovac, “kasi meron din tayong mga targets na may mga brand preference and we really respected that.”

The PHO targets some 36,075 senior citizens in Sarangani. Prior to the campaign, Bustria accounted for only 18% of the senior citizen or the A2 population was inoculated but as of October 19, she said the vaccination rate rose to 30.4% with a total of 10,971 vaccinated seniors.

With the 47,963 fully-vaccinated individuals in Sarangani against the eligible 413,522 target, Bustria said “it only accounts 11.60% against doon sa target natin na 70% of our population.”

“Medyo mahaba-haba pa itong pagbabakuna natin, Kaya kami sa Sarangani Covid-19 management team nag-strategize tayo ng mga iba’t-ibang initiatives para ma-fast track natin ‘yung implementation to establish the herd immunity,” Bustria said.

The provincial government, however, is dependent on the vaccine allocation from the national government. On October 20, some 6,000 vials of Sinovac and 1,755 vials of Pfizer arrived via Cebu Pacific flight 5J995. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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