Socorro, Surigao del Norte Mayor Felizardo Galanida on Thursday urged residents of the municipality to take the free coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine being offered by the government to protect the entire town against the deadly respiratory disease.
In a message to the people of Socorro during a radio interview, the Socorro mayor said that the pandemic is the perfect time for residents to be inspired by their town’s traditional bayanihan spirit in embracing a unified stand against Covid-19.
“This town is founded by the bayanihan spirit,” Galanida said. “And with this bayanihan, we are urging all residents here to get inoculated to ensure the safety of everyone against Covid-19.”
“We are asking our almost 15,000 residents to get vaccinated,” he added.
The local chief executive also disclosed that the municipal government, with the help of the Municipal Health Office, has intensified its information campaign on the importance of Covid-19 vaccination.
“We are intensifying our information drive to make sure that everyone will know the importance of getting vaccinated,” Galanida said.
He also noted that to date, 7.30 percent of the people of Socorro have received their first dose of the vaccine, while more than two percent have been fully vaccinated.