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Covid immunization may be used in public health programs, according to the Department of Health.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) intends to incorporate the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) immunization campaign into its existing public health programs.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media conference on Tuesday that the vaccination program against Covid-19 should be part of the usual operations of local governments or local health departments.

“Kaya ‘yong mga malakihang bakunahan ay hindi na po natin masyadong ginagamit sa ngayon, binaba na po natin sa mga community ang ating immunization sites,” said the official. We no longer employ large-scale vaccination centers since we moved vaccination centers to the community.) When it’s closer to the people, it’s more accessible to them, and they’re more likely to get vaccinated),” she explained.

More than 69.5 million people, or 77 percent of the target eligible population, had been fully vaccinated as of June 6.

Approximately 14.3 million people have received their first booster shot, and 426,000 people have received their second booster dose.

Dr. Edsel Salvaa, a member of the DOH Technical Advisory Group and an infectious disease expert, remarked that putting the clinics closer to more targeted communities will improve the country’s immunization effort.

Once Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers have their certificates of product registration, more people could be immunized through private clinics and doctors.

According to Salvaa, this will “reduce the amount of burden on the government.”

“Malaking tulong ‘yon and mas convenient rin (That will be a huge help and more convenient) if people can obtain it through their doctors, just like any of the country’s large vaccine programs are already done by both the commercial and governmental sectors,” he added.

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