Special Covid-19 vaccinations continue in BARMM

Published May 21, 2022, 6:19 PM

by Charie Mae F. Abarca

The conduct of special Covid-19 vaccinations in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) continue as part of the national government’s strategy to ramp up the country’s vaccination rate, a health expert said on Saturday, May 21.

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“[Tuluy-tuloy ang bakunahan] sa BARMM. Naghahabol tayo kasi nga pinoprotektahan natin sila dahil below 50 percent ang kanilang vaccination rate, maganda ang nangyari. Nakikita ko ang mga reports na pumapasok na nagagawa talaga ‘yung tinatawag na barangay by barangay vaccination teams (Vaccinations in BARMM continue. We are ramping up our vaccinations because we want to protect individuals in BARMM considering that their vaccination rate is below 50 percent. I can see reports coming in that the so-called barangay by barangay teams are doing well),” said National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 special adviser Dr. Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa in the “Laging Handa” public briefing.

Herbosa then explained that prior to the special Covid-19 vaccination drive, teams were already established. These teams are tasked to conduct house-to-house inoculations and bring the vaccine to the people.

Experts previously warned of a possible Covid-19 reemergence in areas where the vaccination rate is low.

Meanwhile, in the same briefing, Herbosa disclosed that the national government is aiming to reach its goal of vaccinating at least 77 million individuals by the end of June 2022.

The Department of Health’s (DOH) National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard showed that as of May 21, a total of 68,330,877 individuals have completed their primary dose of Covid-19 vaccines. Of this number, only 13,810,145 individuals have been boosted against the disease.