Sat. May 28th, 2022

The Philippines will hold the fourth “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” on March 7, with a target to vaccinate more senior citizens this time, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.

(pna.gov.ph)

“Secretary Vince Dizon has announced that our NVD 4 would be around the week of March 7,” Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in Filipino in a Laging Handa briefing.

The official, also the head of the National Vaccination Operations Center, said this fourth run would focus on inoculating more senior citizens, particularly in areas where vaccine coverage is still low.

In addition, the government would boost the vaccination for 12 to 17 years old, including those who have yet to receive their primary vaccine series.

In the third edition of Bayanihan, Bakunahan, figures fell short of the targeted five million vaccinees, with only around 3.4 million jabbed throughout the nine-day drive.

For the March 7 run, Cabotaje said no targets have been identified yet.

“Our targets have to be consulted with local governments this coming week, like what areas needed an increase, especially those with low vaccination coverage. So, we don’t have the target yet,” she said partly in Filipino.

As the government prepares for Alert Level 1 shift, Cabotaje said the DOH would also maximize its existing strategies to ramp up the vaccination, including setting up jab centers in government offices and clinics at economic zones.

The official said the Catholic Church has also agreed to use churches as possible vaccination sites while drive-thru and house-to-house vaccinations continue.

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