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Vax push needed among college studes

As of 25 November, De Vera said vaccination percentage in all regions is at 70 percent and above among HEI personnel. Regions 3, 8, 11, and CAR reported a close to 90 percent vaccinated HEI personnel

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As the national government’s three-day National Vaccination Days, dubbed Bayanihan Bakunahan, enters its second day, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go stressed there is an adequate supply of vaccines to inoculate those interested.

“In order to finally restore the vitality of our people, this offering of Bayanihan Bakunahan is one of the ways to encourage our countrymen to get vaccinated.

Our government is ready, we have an adequate supply of vaccines,” Sen. Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, said in a video message.

The senator said the Bayanihan Bakunahan event mobilizes all stakeholders, manpower and logistics to facilitate the vaccination in 16 regions and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairman Prospero de Vera III yesterday said the vaccination rate for college teachers and students is increasing, noting that higher education institutions (HEI) need a final push for the vaccination drive.

“The vaccination rates for faculty, staff and students continue to increase, but we need to push harder during the three-day vaccination drive to facilitate limited face-to-face classes,” De Vera said in a statement, as he continued with his “Padyak Para sa Flexible Learning:

Sama-samang Vaccination Program” among students in Region 6.

Based on weekly reports from higher education institutions all over the country, some 82 percent of faculty and HEI employees have received at least one jab. This is a significant increase from the 72 percent vaccination rate at the end of October 2021 when the supply of vaccines increased dramatically.

On the other hand, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has assigned seven teams that will help carry out inoculations against Covid-19, in line with the vaccination drive.

The teams are composed of 70 Health Service and Medical Reserve Force personnel, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.

As of 25 November, De Vera said vaccination percentage in all regions is at 70 percent and above among HEI personnel. Regions 3, 8, 11, and CAR reported a close to 90 percent vaccinated HEI personnel.

The vaccination rate for students has also significantly increased from less than 30 percent to 46 percent with the aggressive school-based vaccination drive spearheaded by CHEd, in cooperation with the Department of Health (DoH), National Task Force Against Covid-19, local government units, and partner HEI.

The CHEd chief added the vaccination drive in HEI has gained momentum all over the country, but the higher education sector needs a more urgent and aggressive effort, especially on 29 November to 1 December and 15 to 17 December to reach herd immunity.

“With more than adequate supplies of vaccines, the challenge now is to increase vaccination centers and vaccinators so we can help reach the target of three million jabbed individuals during the three-day national vaccination program,” De Vera said.

He also asked CHEd regional offices to continue facilitating the partnership between HEI, local government units and DoH personnel during the vaccination drive.

Carlos said the PNP fully supports the national vaccination drive as it is the most potent response to the crisis brought by Covid-19.

“Now that the vaccine is available, we should seize the opportunity to inoculate as much of the target population to reach herd immunity. Then we may have mitigated the health crisis or at least put up a shield of protection,” he said.

with John Roson

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