PH Red Cross 'Bakuna' Bus returns to Malabon

Published May 23, 2022, 4:47 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Over 100 patients in Malabon, including senior citizens and immunocompromised, received their 1st booster shots against Covid-19 after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) “Bakuna” Bus returned to the city.

A Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff administers 1st Covid-19 booster shot to a resident of Malabon City. (Photo from PRC)

Patients who received their shots were advised to monitor their health and prepare for the 2nd booster shot.

“Nagbabalik ang Red Cross dito sa Malabon upang ipagpatuloy ang ating vaccination program. Ang ating Bakuna Bus ay handang sumuong sa mga liblib na lugar upang mas mahikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna (Red Cross returns to Malabon to continue its vaccination program. Our “Bakuna” Bus is ready to reach remote areas to encourage our fellow countrymen to get vaccinated),” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon in a statement issued Monday, May 23.

PRC went to Malabon for the initiative on May 20 following Department of Health (DOH)’s announcement on May 18 allowing senior citizens and persons with comorbidity, together with healthcare workers, to get their second booster shots.

The “Bakuna” Bus is a program of the PRC which aims to encourage more people to get vaccinated by bringing the vaccine, healthcare workers, volunteers, and staff to the comfort of their homes.

This mobile Covid-19 vaccination program is carefully designed to comply with vaccine administration protocols. It is also the PRC’s way of complying with the government’s call for achieving herd immunity and ending the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PRC has administered 1,178,776 vaccination doses through their 20 Bakuna Buses deployed in different areas in the Philippines as of writing. (Luisa Cabato)