To ‘beat the invisible enemy’, PH Red Cross ramps up its vaccination efforts

Published August 24, 2021, 6:48 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

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With the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) strongly encouraged the public to be vaccinated as soon as possible to “beat the invisible enemy.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon ordered the deployment of the PRC “Bakuna” bus to University of the Philippines – Manila to conduct onsite vaccination at the school premises.

The humanitarian organizations targets to inoculate 300 healthcare professionals and their families.

This, PRC said, is in recognition of UP Manila during the national pandemic response. It is also in line with its efforts to ensure the “well-being of our future healthcare workers and to protect the academe.”

“We should protect our healthcare workers and their families,” Gordon said as he brought 300 vaccines to help protect UP Manila personnel get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We will bring the vaccines closer to our frontliners who have not yet been vaccinated,” Gordon said in Filipino. “They are one of the most important sectors to be vaccinated because they are the ones who fight COVID-19 on a day-to-day basis,” he added.

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Meanwhile, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla thanked Gordon for recognizing the important role of UP Manila in the national response against COVID-19 and for ensuring that the campus is a safe haven for students.

“With this activity, UP Manila hopes to inspire others and get vaccinated,” PRC said. “Even the experts of UP Manila believe the science of vaccination with almost 100% of its personnel already vaccinated,” it added.

Likewise, Gordon also directed PRC’s “Bakuna” Bus Fleet to drive where the people are and provide life-saving vaccine doses to the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas as well as parts of Caloocan and the City of Manila.

“We will have simultaneous vaccinations today. Our target is to vaccinate 2,400 individuals,” Gordon said. “If our people are having a hard time going to vaccination sites, we will bring the vaccines in their areas,” he added.

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In Laguna, the PRC “Bakuna” Bus will head over to the Municipality of Sta. Cruz to vaccinate 500 individuals. The PRC Laguna Chapter will be closely working with the Sta. Cruz Municipal Health Office for this mobile vaccination clinic.

In Cavite, the PRC “Bakuna” Bus will drive over to the cities of Bacoor and Imus. A total of 1,000 individuals will be vaccinated for this Cavite vaccination drive.

The Municipality of Bauan in Batangas is also a PRC “Bakuna” Bus vaccination destination. The target is to vaccinate 300 individuals.

Aside from UP Manila, the “PRC” Bakuna bus will also bring 300 vaccine doses to Brgy. 186, North Caloocan in Caloocan City.

“The Red Cross Bakuna Bus aims to bring the vaccines to the people,” Gordon said. “Let’s get vaccinated to save our lives and the lives of our families especially now that we record the COVID-19 highest cases in our country,” he added.

PRC is planning to deploy more “Bakuna” bus trips to various places in the coming days in line with its fight against COVID-19.