Over 93K residents in BARMM receive COVID-19 vaccine on day 1 of 'Bayanihan, Bakunahan'

Published December 1, 2021, 3:40 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – A total of 93,874 residents in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) were vaccinated on the first day of the nationwide ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ drive against Covid-19.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said among those vaccinated, “10,812 were from Maguindanao, 54,639 from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, 5,193 from Basilan and Lamitan City, 15,027 from Sulu, and 8,203 from Tawi-Tawi.”

“Natutuwa ako sa turn-out ng vaccination activity natin ngayon at nakikita natin na maraming dumalo sa ating pagbabakuna. Itong pagbabakuna ay all population na kasama na diyan ang 12-17 years old, if this stage will go on in 3 days then we will reach our target (I am happy with the turn-out of our vaccination activity. We see a lot of people getting vaccinated. This includes children aged 12-17),” said MOH Director General Dr. Amirel Usman.

The Bangsamoro Government said a total of 340 vaccination hubs were set up across BARMM for the three-day national vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, members of the United Nations (UN) Country Team led by Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, were also present during Monday’s opening of the vaccination campaign in the BARMM.

Members of the United Nations (UN) Country Team in the Philippines, led by Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, came to Cotabato City yesterday to support the three-day National COVID-19 Vaccination Days campaign in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“We cannot allow COVID-19 to reverse hard-won development gains in the country in general and in the Bangsamoro in particular, and the vaccination of our population is an important step in this direction,” Gonzalez said.

The MOH received $500,000 from UNICEF to augment the operational costs of Covid-19 vaccination coverage in the region.

 
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