Minors with health risks vaccinated vs COVID-19 now almost 13K – Galvez

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021   •   196

MANILA, Philippines – The number of minors with co-morbidities who were inoculated against COVID-19 has reached 12,958, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday.

In a statement, Galvez said that from the initial eight hospitals, the country now has 26 hospitals administering COVID-19 vaccines to the pediatric sector.

“We want to protect our children from severe disease and hospitalization. Kasi nakita natin noong Delta, almost 20 percent or 17 percent po ang nakita natin na na-hospitalize na mga bata,” he said.

With the country’s increasing vaccine supply, Galvez said the national government will continue to accelerate the vaccine rollout for this age group by opening more vaccination sites for them.

The vaccine czar stressed that vaccinating children against coronavirus disease will also be instrumental in the reopening of face-to-face classes and ‘ancillary businesses’ related to the education sector.

He likewise cited the social and mental impact of restricting the movement of children since the pandemic started.

He said allowing them to have “leeway to move around and play” will not just help in protecting the mental well-being of minors, but also revive economic activities especially this holiday season.

“We can only do these kung ma-vaccinate na rin natin ang mga bata so they will have ‘yung consumers’ confidence to go out,” Galvez said.

The national government aims to complete the vaccination of children within this age group by December.

Based on the 2021 Philippine Projected Population of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country has a population of 12,722,070 under the 12 to 17 years old age group.

As of October 25, there are now 25,955,669 fully vaccinated individuals in the country, which represents 33.65% of the country’s target population.

 

Pagbibigay ng COVID-19 vaccine boosters sa mga botika, simula na sa Enero 20

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Sisimulan na sa araw ng Huwebes, Enero 20 ang pilot implementation ng programang “Resbakuna sa Botika,” na naglalayong gawin na ring COVID-19 vaccine booster sites ang ilang pharmacy at clinic sa bansa.

Ayon kay Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 response Vince Dizon, gagawin ang pilot run ng program sa limang pharmacy at dalawang private clinic sa Metro Manila.

“Bukas po, Huwebes, January 20 at sa Biyernes, January 21 magsisimula na po yung ating ‘Resbakuna sa Botika’ at sa mga iba’t-ibang mga clinics. Simula muna dito sa NCR pero mabilis nating ie-expand yan sa iba’t-ibang mga lugar lalung-lalo na sa malalaking siyudad sa bansa, Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao,” ani Dizon.

Kabilang sa mga botika at klinika na lalahok sa pilot implementation ang Mercury Drug, Watsons, the Generics Pharmacy, Generika, South Star Drug , Qualimed at Healthway.

Ngunit paalala ni Dizon, ekslusibo lang muna ang mga pasilidad na ito para sa pagbibigay ng booster shot sa mga nakakumpleto na ng primary series ng COVID-19 vaccine.

Ang mga pharmacist sa itinalagang mga botika rin ang siyang magbabakuna.

“’Yung mga pharmacists po natin ay ‘yan po ay mga qualified naman. Sila po ay dumaan na sa mga training kaya po sila ay importanteng dagdag sa ating vaccination program lalong lalo na sa kapanahunan ngayon na marami sa ating mga vaccinators sa LGU ang nagkakasakit,” ani Dizon.

Nagpahayag naman ng suporta sa program ang grupong Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) dahil makakadadagdag ito sa pwersa ng vaccinators.

Ayon sa PHAP, sanay ang pharmacists sa pagpapatupad ng health protocols at handa naman ang kanilang mga botika upang matiyak na maiiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19 sa mga magpapabakuna.

Sinabi naman ni Dizon na sa ngayon ay pinag-aaralan na ng pamahalaan ang mga insentibo na maaaring ibigay sa mga pharmacist na tutulong sa pagbabakuna.

“Ngayon po yan ay pinag-uusapan po natin ngayon pero nag-volunteer rin po kasi ang mga botika rin sa kanilang serbisyo at nagpapasalamat tayo sa kanila pero paguusapan po natin with DOH kung ano ang insentibo natin sa kanila,” ang wika ng opisyal.

Una nang sinabi ng pamahalaan na 100 booster shots ang nakalaan sa bawat kalahok na pharmacy kada araw at may kabuuan namang 3,500 doses sa loob ng isang linggong pilot run.

Paalala ng mga otoridad sa publiko na kailangan pa ring magparehistro bago makapagpaturok ng booster dose sa mga botika dahil ang mga lokal na pamahalan ang mangangasiwa sa registration at documentation habang ang mga pasilidad naman ang mangangasiwa sa aktuwal na pagtuturok ng booster dose. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

PHL logs 22,958 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 22,958 additional COVID-19 infections, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its latest data, the DOH said 21,691 of the new cases occurred within the recent 14 days, from January 6 to January 19.

The top regions that reported high cases in the last two weeks are the National Capital Region, CALABARZON, and Central Luzon.

The latest tally pushed the country’s number of active infections to 270,728. Of these cases, 8,335 are asymptomatic, 257,632 are mild, 2,970 are moderate, 1,487 are severe, and 304 are in critical condition.

The positivity rate was at 43.5 percent, based on samples of 62,531 individuals on January 17.

Six laboratories failed to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 1.5 percent of samples tested and 1.9 percent of positive cases.

Recoveries increased by 36,611, resulting in 2,969,853 total recuperations.

COVID-related deaths rose to 53,044 with 82 new fatalities.

The utilization rate of intensive care unit beds nationwide was at 49 percent, and 53 percent in Metro Manila; isolation beds in the capital region at 48 percent, and 51 percent across the country.

In Metro Manila, 29 percent of ventilators are in use, and 23 percent nationwide.

PH gov’t eyeing another round of nat’l vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is looking to hold another mass vaccination drive against COVID-19 as the country continues to grapple with rising COVID-19 cases.

Presidential Adviser for COVID-19 response Vince Dizon said the government has started preparations while waiting for the current surge to subside.

“Hinihintay lang po natin na medyo humupa-hupa nang kaunti itong Omicron surge natin dahil alam naman po natin hirap na hirap po ang ating mga health workers, ang ating mga LGU ngayon,” he said in a public briefing.

“So papahupain lang po natin nang kaunti at magkakaroon din po tayo sa mga susunod na linggo ng bagong ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ o National Vaccination Days natin sa buong bansa,” he added.

The government held the first two rounds of the national vaccination drive, dubbed as “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” from November 29 to December 3, and December 15 to 22. At least 10.2 million vaccine doses were administered in the first leg, and 6.4 million in the second round.

The national government earlier said it will employ strategies to ramp up and expand vaccination efforts in the country, including the opening of more vaccination sites in smaller facilities like clinics and pharmacies.

The Philippine government is eyeing to fully vaccinate up to 77 million Filipinos in the first quarter of this year and 90 million Filipinos by the second quarter.

To date, more than 55 million individuals were already fully vaccinated since the Philippines rolled out its immunization campaign in March 2020.

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