PH Red Cross intensifies COVID-19 vaccination amid case surge

Due to the increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the past weeks, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its COVID-19 vaccination efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement on Friday, Jan. 28, PRC said that it conducts continuous deployment of their Bakuna Buses, Bakuna Centers, and Bakuna teams and has vaccinated 4,467 individuals on Jan. 26.

"The strategic locations across the country of the PRC’s 26 Bakuna Centers alone has allowed them to vaccinate 1,944 individuals. These figures illustrate the substantial activities of the Centers in combating the spread of COVID-19," PRC said.

In the meantime, the fleet of PRC Bakuna Buses continue to travel to far-flung areas of the archipelago, vaccinating 1,472 individuals, the organization added.

Additionally, the PRC Bakuna Teams also assisted the different local government units (LGUs) in Cagayan, Lucena, Quezon, Iligan, Basilan, Agusan del Norte, Sultan Kudarat and Bataan and were able to vaccinate 1,051 individuals in these areas.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sen. Richard Gordon said that the continuous round-the-clock operations of the Bakuna Centers, Bakuna Buses, and Bakuna Teams are there to augment the local government units (LGU) in their efforts to vaccinate more individuals to secure protection from the virus.

With the current trend of ascending COVID-19 cases in the country, Gordon encourages the public to get vaccinated for immunity and protection against the highly transmissible virus and its variants.

“Inilalapit na ng Red Cross ang mga Bakuna Centers sa inyong mga lugar upang mas marami ang ating maprotektahan (Red Cross made the Bakuna Centers closer to your areas to protect more people)," he said.

"Patuloy natin isinasagawa ang ating bakuna upang makabalik na ang tao sa trabaho, makapasok na ulit ang mga bata sa eskwelahan, at mabuksan na ulit ang mga kabuhayan ng mga apektado ng COVID-19 pandemic (We continue to conduct our vaccination to help people get back to work, kids go back to school, and to open the economy which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic),” he added.

To date, PRC's Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses nationwide have already administered almost a million doses for over 800,000 individuals.