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In Ilocos Norte, DOH steps up the delivery of booster vaccines.

Health professionals in Ilocos Norte have increased the distribution of booster shots to every population group that qualifies.

For the simultaneous statewide start of the Department of Health’s (DOH) “PinasLakas” program, which aims to encourage more individuals to obtain their booster doses against the coronavirus sickness 2019, at least three significant vaccination sites were activated on Tuesday (Covid-19).

The main locations where walk-in clients can be served under the A1 to A3 categories are the People’s Center Gym in Marcos, Ilocos Norte, the Barangay Hall of Davila in Pasuquin Town, and the Laoag City General Hospital (LCGH).

Dr. Virgilio Mangapit, the DOH officer in charge of the launch at the LCGH, gave a brief statement during which he reassured the audience that all Covid-19 vaccinations, regardless of brand, have been shown to be safe and effective.

He stressed that people should only listen to authorized health experts and not those who are disseminating false information, saying, “All the vaccines given to the LCGH by the DOH are safe and effective based on scientific studies.”

Mangapit stated that just 31% of the 500,196 eligible people had received the first booster shot as of this publication.

We want to have at least 50% booster coverage by the end of July, he continued.

People 18 years of age and older, including front-line healthcare workers (A1 category), senior citizens (A2), and immunocompromised individuals, are eligible to receive booster shots at the LCGH (A3).

On Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., immunizations can be administered.

The public is recommended to phone the Operation Center Hotline number 0997-2439485 to pre-register and make a timetable in order to prevent long lines in vaccination centers.

Laoag City Mayor Michael Keon is advising parents and their children to obtain their booster shots before the start of full face-to-face classes.

Keon stated that booster shots would also be distributed in Laoag City’s barangays to increase immunization rates and prevent overcrowding in major vaccination facilities.

With 495,627 people now fully immunized with the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to DOH figures, Ilocos Norte continues to deliver the most immunizations in the area.

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