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‘Bakunahan’ has been suspended in typhoon-affected areas.
According to the Presidential adviser on Covid-19 reaction Vince Dizon, the enormous “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” Covid-19 immunization program in typhoon-hit areas will be postponed to allow for disaster response and other relief activities.
National immunization initiatives in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, and other sections of Mimaropa would be deferred till they recover from Typhoon Odette’s onslaught, according to Dizon, who is also the deputy chief of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19.
“Dahil nga talagang napakabigat ng sinapit nila nitong mga nakaraang araw, hindi natin pini-pressure na magbakuna. We’re not forcing them to be vaccinated because they’ve been through a horrific scenario in recent days.) So maybe we’ll give them an opportunity to get back on their feet first) “he stated
He did say, however, that the government will deploy teams in typhoon-affected areas with the ability to vaccinate within evacuation shelters.
“To mabakunahan ang mga hindi pa nababakunahan, opportunity yan. However, we focused yung alleviation and response at rehabilitation (This is an opportunity for us to vaccinate people who have not been vaccinated). However, relief, response, and rehabilitation will continue to be our top priorities) “Dizon continued.
Meanwhile, NTF Chief and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said they have already communicated with Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to prioritize the restoration of power in storm-affected areas so that cold-chain storage facilities may continue to operate.
“The administration is working really hard to restore services, including basic needs for food and other humanitarian materials to help the impacted residents,” Galvez added.
“We’ll prioritize the disaster response, and then we’ll help them restore power in their neighborhoods later,” he continued.
Only the Western Visayas Region has reported that approximately 100 Pfizer vials were compromised during the typhoon’s onslaught, he said.
Assessments in various vaccine warehouses and storage facilities, according to Galvez, are still ongoing.
“Later, we will provide the required report. Our staff from the Department of Health are still assessing the situation “he stated
The number of vaccines damaged during the hurricane has yet to be determined by the authorities.