Barangay-based vax to start in Iloilo towns

Published September 7, 2021, 11:06 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY –The Iloilo provincial government will soon start COVID-19 vaccinations in barangays (villages) in the 42 towns and a component city of Passi.

“We will focus on critical municipalities. We will do them a favor without really significantly affecting other towns. So with that, you go directly to barangays in our Bakunahan program,” said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

According to the governor, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) will work with the 43 local government units (LGUs) in identifying which barangays have high COVID-19 cases.

First on the list will be the town of Santa Barbara, which has more than 340 active cases.

Defensor said the barangay-based COVID-19 vaccinations is a step in making it easier for local residents in getting vaccinated and exposes the risk, especially that new cases have not subsided lately.

To be prioritized in the barangay-based vaccinations are senior citizens, those with comorbidities and the A4 population.

Based on IPHO data, more than 195,117 people have been fully vaccinated in Iloilo province. That is about 13 percent of the target population.