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In Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health reaches out to areas with low vaccination coverage.

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health’s Eastern Visayas regional office has been holding discussions with community leaders to reduce Covid-19 vaccine apprehension in areas where vaccination coverage is low.

Teams from the Department of Health’s regional health promotion section have been visiting locations to discuss immunization efforts with local officials.

“We’ve been urging local governments to localize campaign messages and challenge incorrect information propagating on social media,” said Ma. Rosario Juntilla, the DOH regional health promotion unit’s leader.

In Northern Samar province, the team recently visited the towns of Silvino Lubos, Las Navas, Catubig, and Pambujan to conduct activities related to the pre-vaccination preparatory campaign or a dialogue on vaccination deployment.

All community leaders were present during the exercise, according to Juntilla, and discussed their worries about low vaccination coverage in their communities, while the health promotion officers on hand offered advice on how to handle the issue, which included vaccine hesitation.

Tabango, Capoocan, San Isidro, and Dagami in Leyte; Silvino Lubos, Las Navas, Gamay, Pambujan, San Vicente, Rosario, and Palapag in Northern Samar; General MacArthur in Eastern Samar; and Calbayog City in Samar, according to DOH statistics.

According to DOH records, vaccination coverage in these localities ranges from 4.3 percent to 52.3 percent.

At least 62 percent of the region’s 3.89 million target population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of February 18.

Eastern Visayas has already documented 61,834 confirmed Covid-19 infections, 60,978 recoveries, and 661 fatalities as of February 22.

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