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Central Visayas has a low vaccination rate for the elderly.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Tuesday that Region 7, or Central Visayas, has the second-lowest number of vaccinated senior citizens in the country, after the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

According to daily data from the National Vaccination Operations Center, the region has only reached about 52 percent of the target coverage rate out of a total population of 589,773 elders, whereas BARMM has reached about 44 percent.

DOH-7 chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said in her daily briefing at the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) that 327,707 senior citizens in Central Visayas are still unvaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019. (Covid-19).

Only roughly 59 percent of the A2 category of the population eligible for inoculation in Metro Cebu are regarded as completely vaccinated.

Approximately 20% of people who are fully immunized received their booster shots.

“The difficulty with our aging population is that elderly resident 60 years and older, particularly those who live in distant areas, do not come to the city or visit malls, or they live in far-away dwellings.” In Cebuano, Loreche added, “It’s quite tough to persuade people to be vaccinated.”

Local government entities, on the other hand, are boosting their efforts to reach out to the elderly who live in remote locations in order to deliver the vaccine to them, she said.

She referenced the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s “purok” system as an example of how it has aided in reaching out to older persons and sub-villages for immunization.

“Hopefully, by doing so, there will be no more excuses for why we were unable to contact them.” If they flatly refuse to be vaccinated, we must accept their decision since, at the end of the day, vaccination is a choice act,” Loreche noted.

Despite the low number of elders in Central Visayas who submitted themselves for inoculation, the health official expressed hope that the numbers will rise if they are encouraged to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

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