The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental in partnership with the Department of Health and Murcia LGU spearheaded the PinasLakas Ceremonial Vaccination held at Murcia Public Plaza, today, which aims to intensify the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in the province.
Gov. Bong Lacson, Third District Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, Vice Mayor Johnny Reosura, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Hospital Operations Department Head, Dr. Girlie Pinongan, and Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Chief, Dr. Mary Ann Maestral were present at the activity.
Gov. Lacson said that the booster vaccination campaign is meant to increase the number of Filipinos who have been given the COVID-19 booster, and it should be taken as seriously and earnestly as the first vaccination drive.
“Without this booster, we stand to lose the gains of the first vaccination, and we won’t be able to maintain the population’s immunity,” he said.
He also said that there is a need to step up and strengthen the province’s vaccination efforts among LGUs.
“I am calling on all our Local Government Units to intensify our local vaccination efforts. Let us find ways and think up innovative plans not just to reach the desired numbers, but to achieve our desired end, that is to win this fight against COVID-19,” he added.
Gov. Lacson thanked Atty. Charade B. Mercado-Grande, Undersecretary for Health Regulation Team, and Dr. Kenneth G. Ronquillo, Undersecretary for Health Policy and Infrastructure Development Team for helping the province with its vaccination efforts.
The Bakunahang Bayan program of the national government will continue to bring vaccines to the communities and will focus on areas with high target populations to deliver higher immunization coverage.
Part of the vaccination campaign is the establishment of hospital vaccination sites and the mobilization of hospital vaccination teams.