To vaccinate seniors and PWDs vs COVID-19, PH Red Cross sails to Talim Island in Rizal

Published September 14, 2021, 9:21 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Volunteers and staff of Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Tuesday, Sept. 14, boarded boats to reach Talim Island in Rizal to vaccinate individuals who are under coronavirus disease (COVID-19) priority groups.

Vaccination at Talim Island, Rizal on Sept. 14, 2021 (Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

“Anuman ang mga hamon na kinakaharap natin, ang Red Cross ay laging handa para tumulong (Whatever challenges we face, the Red Cross is always ready to help),” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gordon said PRC continues to boost its support for the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. “Andito kami upang magbigay ng pag-asa lalo na sa mga nangangailangan na pinaglilingkuran namin nang walang diskriminasyon (We are here to give hope especially to those in need whom we serve without discrimination), he added.

PRC volunteers and staff from the Rizal Chapter and the local government unit of Cardona, Rizal arrived at the island in two boats aiming to vaccinate those who belong to COVID-19 priority groups — particularly under A2 or senior citizens and A3 or persons with comorbidities.

The volunteers and staff aimed to vaccinate a total of 420 individuals — 120 with J&J and 300 with Sinovac.

Citing a resident, PRC said that Talim Island is only accessible by boat so they need to pay P100.00 for a two-way trip to the island.

“Plus, the boats sailing from and to the island can only do so from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m,” the resident told PRC. “That is why I am very grateful for the Red Cross volunteers and staff for providing vaccines to our community,” the resident added.

Vaccination at Talim Island, Rizal on Sept. 14, 2021 (Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

Less the vaccines, PRC shoulders all other costs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Program of the government which includes syringes, mobilization, and vaccinator allowances.

Interested individuals may register for vaccination by calling 1158 or sending an email to [email protected]

As of Sept. 13, the PRC has vaccinated 208,795 individuals in its 16 “Bakuna Buses” and 20 “Bakuna Centers” across the country.

PRC has “Bakuna Centers” in PRC PLMC, PRC EDSA Boni, PRC Port Area, PRC Pasay Chapter, PRC Manila Chapter KABAKA, PRC Manila Chapter Letran, PRC Quezon City Ever Gotesco, PRC Negros Occidental Gaisano Grand, PRC Iligan Chapter, PRC Zamboanga City Training Center, PRC Bulacan Chapter- BSU, PRC Batangas Xentro Mall, PRC Cavite – SM Bacoor, PRC Cavite – Vista Mall Gen. Trias, PRC Tarlac – City walk Mall, PRC Olongapo – SM Downtown, PRC Bataan Chapter/Penelco, Arcovia, San Lorenzo Mall and PRC Davao City Chapter- Archdiocese Compound which are all in in coordination with respective local government units (LGUs).

PRC also continues to deploy its “Bakuna Buses” deployment to Marikina City, Mandaluyong City, Manila City, Navotas City, Caloocan, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cordova City, Talisay City, Naga City and Bogo City in Cebu, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon in Lucena, and Bacolod City.