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DOH Ilocos seeks booster injections for 1.7 million inhabitants.

Up until October 8 of this year, 1.7 million persons are expected to receive booster vaccinations against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from the Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1).

Director of DOH-CHD-1 Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco stated during a news conference on Tuesday during the launch of the DOH “PinasLakas” booster vaccination program that this is meant to support President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

She explained that the program would aim to vaccinate 90 percent of senior individuals, provide the first and second doses, and give booster shots to 50 percent of the population aged 12 and over.

In the area, there are 87,997 older adults who have not received their shots.

Residents should have their booster doses to ensure protection against Covid-19, according to Sydiongco.

Since there are more cases, she advised getting at least one booster shot to provide further immunity to the infection.

According to Sydiongco, there are advantages to reaching the target percentage of people receiving booster doses.

The potential of removing the face mask exists if a sufficient number of people have received their booster doses, but if the required number cannot be reached, face mask use and adherence to other health standards will continue. We could all live, work, and worry less if the target demographic received their booster doses, she continued.

Regional program manager for DOH-CHD-1 John Paul Aquino stated that they would increase the accessibility of immunization facilities to meet the goal.

To reach the target audience, he stated, “We will carry the vaccination to the terminals, squares, places of worship, companies, and even schools.”

According to Aquino, the rules for rewarding or recognizing local government entities that meet or exceed their goals are being prepared.

Additionally, he confirmed that the area has a sufficient supply of immunizations.

As of July 25, almost 3.7 million residents had obtained all of their vaccinations, and 910,413 residents aged 12 and over had received their booster injections.

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