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DOH OKs LGU’s house-to-house vaccination plea upon ECQ

By Quian Vencel Galut

PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

As the National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed again under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the Department of Health (DOH) allows house-to-house implementation of the COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable and high-risk senior citizens.

According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, senior citizens and individuals who are not able to go to the vaccination sites are allowed to undergo house-to-house vaccination.

"Sa tingin namin maganda 'yan na strategy, kasi una sa lahat, hindi magkukumpul-kumpol ang mga tao. Ang iikot po ang [mga magbabakuna] at hindi na kailangang pumunta ng mga tao sa ibang lugar para magpabakuna," Vergeire stated in a public press briefing, Saturday.

Upon the said program, DOH is also eyeing a "safe" way for scheduling of vaccination to avoid being crowded by people in the vaccine areas and also to have bigger vaccine sites to follow the physical distancing.

"Gagawa tayo ng safe vaccination sites kung saan sisiguraduhin natin na hindi tayo magkukumpulan kapag tayo ay magpapabakuna na. There will be scheduling, we will be using bigger vaccination sites. Mas madali po ang mobilization ng [babakunahan] and [magbabakuna] para makapagpabakuna tayo ng mas marami," she said.

In a datum released by ABS-CBN Data analytics up until July 29, around 19 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the vaccination program started last March 1.

Around 11,524,212 million COVID-19 doses were used, while 7.8 million of them were "fully vaccinated.”

Malacañang also pointed out that the vaccination of places that were stricter with community quarantine measures will still continue.


Report source: ABS-CBN News