DOH ramping up vaccination efforts outside Metro Manila

Published October 16, 2021, 4:03 PM

by Analou de Vera

A tourism worker gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at Imelda Park in Catbalogan City, Samar. (Photo from Department of Tourism)

The Department of Health (DOH) assured that it is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination activities in areas outside Metro Manila.

“Ating ipinagpapatuloy ang pagfocus sa areas outside of the NCR (National Capital Region) and hopefully makakahabol na din sila (We continue to focus on areas outside of the NCR and hopefully they will be able to catch up as well),” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Last Oct. 12, Metro Manila Council (MMC) Chairman and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that 80 percent of the eligible adult population in Metro Manila were already fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vergeire said that they are ramping up the vaccination efforts in nearby provinces in Metro Manila.

“Kasabay sa NCR, we have included the plus areas of Metro Manila which are Region 3 and Region 4A—- dito sa ating pagtataas ng antas ng pagbabakuna (Along with NCR, we have included the plus areas of Metro Manila which are Region 3 and Region 4A —- where we are increasing our vaccination initiatives),” she said.

Vergeire said that vaccination will help in reducing the number of people who may possibly contract the viral illness.

“Itong pagtaas ng kaso kung saka-sakali— gusto natin mapigilan especially outside Metro Manila dahil ang kapasidad nila ay hindi kapareho dito sa NCR (If there is an increase of infections just in case — we want to stop that especially outside Metro Manila because their hospital capacity is not the same here in NCR),” said Vergeire.

“Ang pagbabakuna talaga ay isa sa mga susi para mapigilan natin ang pagtaas ng kaso here in NCR and even outside NCR (Vaccination is really one of the keys for us to stop the increase in cases here in NCR and even outside NCR),” she added.