PH Red Cross vaccinates over 1,000 individuals in Cagayan

Published October 15, 2021, 8:01 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Through its “Bakuna Bus,” the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) returned to Cagayan to vaccinate 1,230 individuals against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

“We have increased the number of our PRC Bakuna Buses and deployed these to more places around the country,” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Dick Gordon in a statement issued Friday, Oct. 15.

Believing that testing and vaccination remain the primary weapons to win the war against COVID-19, PRC vaccinated 1,230 individuals with their second dose of Sinovac in the Municipalities of Enrile, La-lo, and Sto. Nino in Cagayan.

“We aim to cater to the most vulnerable, especially to communities that do not have easy access to vaccines, and Santo Nino to vaccinate 338 individuals from COVID-19 priority groups,” Gordon said.

Based on the report of the PRC Cagayan Chapter, the vaccination rollout in the province began last Sept. 9 to support the ongoing National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

As of Oct. 14, the PRC Cagayan Chapter has vaccinated 2,876 individuals with their first dose in municipalities of Enrile, Penablanca, St. Nino, Lallo, Buguey, Ballesteros, and Apparri.

The PRC Cagayan chapter operations are thrice a week depending on the supply provided by the local government. It also assists the local government of Cagayan in administering shots in their “Bakuna Centers” reaching 1,397 individuals.

As of Oct. 11, the PRC has vaccinated 323,394 individuals wherein 228,121 are vaccinated in the PRC “Bakuna Centers” while 95,273 were vaccinated in the PRC “Bakuna Buses.”