Misamis Occidental Mayor Junie “Insek” Roa of Aloran said his administration targets to inoculate 64 percent of its senior citizens as part of his long-term efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially with the threat of the Delta variant.
In an interview with the Network Briefing News, Aloran admits his city still has a long way to reach the goal, notwithstanding the challenges he is facing to convince residents to get vaccinated.
“We still have a long way to reach the 50 percent so we can move to the A4 category,” he added.
Since most of the senior citizens are not computer literate, most of them rely on information from radio stations or gossips from neighbors. But he said these sources of information are sometimes clouded in terms of accuracy, exposing the citizens to fake news.
He said another factor that impacts the city’s inoculation initiative is the distance of vaccination centers from the barangays.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), I called an emergency meeting to all senior citizen presidents in each of the barangays, including the barangay health workers, to find ways how we can help each other,” Aloran said
“We offered free transportation for senior citizens to transport them to and fro the vaccination centers and their homes.”