DOH Bicol mounts vax drive as Covid-19 cases rise

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) has conducted “demand generation activities” to encourage more residents to get vaccinated as the region logged increased Covid-19 cases .

DOH-Bicol Health and Promotion chief, Noemi Bron, said the activity aims to inform the public on the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination.

“For the month of June at least 11,997 individuals from different provinces in the region availed of the vaccination, and the campaign will be sustained by the Local government units (LGUs),” Bron said in interview on Thursday.

She said the demand generation activities were conducted in various schools in the municipalities that have low vaccination coverage for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

“During the activities for the month of June, a total of 11,997 individuals were vaccinated – 2,208 individuals from Albay; 5,372 from Camarines Sur; 471 from Camarines Norte; and 3,946 from Masbate,” she said, added that DOH-5 currently continues the activity this July.

“With the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the Bicol Region, getting vaccinated and boosted is essential in being protected from severe and critical forms of Covid-19,” DOH-5 said in an advisory.

A total of 82 new cases were recorded from June 26 to July 2 or 161 percent increase from 32 cases recorded the previous week (June 19 to June 25).

Of the 82 new cases logged in Bicol, Sorsogon has 13 new cases, Camarines Sur – 17; Catanduanes – 13; Albay – 37, and Camarines Norte – 2.

The region has so far recorded 401 active cases, 33 recoveries and six deaths. With the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, DOH Bicol has urged the public to continue practicing health protocols such as wearing the best-fitted face masks, hand washing, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and ensuring airflow.

DOH said the three (3) Cs – closed contact, closed spaces, and crowded places should also be avoided. Self-isolation and early consultation should also be observed once symptoms manifest.

“On top of these personal practices, the importance of being vaccinated and receiving the required number of booster doses is emphasized. Vaccines are proven effective as shown by the low number of cases to no recorded cases in previous months. Due to the waning immunity from vaccines, however, we also urge the public to get their booster shots,” DOH-5 said. (PNA)