Low turnout of senior citizens in Lapu-Lapu vaccination drive noted
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines —The Lapu-Lapu City government has continued to record a low turnout in their vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for senior citizens.
This was confirmed by Dr. Agnes Realiza, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Department.
Realiza said that currently, only 29 percent of senior citizens in the city had been inoculated with the vaccine.
Based on the record from the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), the city has around 30,000 senior citizens registered.
“Kay nagpalabi tingali kana bitawng ilang kahadlok or kana ganing less sila nga na-educated ba nga maayo man unta ang bakuna para sa mga senior (citizens),” Realiza said.
(Because their fear must have gotten the better of them, or they are less educated eventhough the vaccine is good for the senior (citizens).)
Due to this, Realiza said that they were now intensifying their campaign to convince senior citizens to have themselves vaccinated.
Aside from this, they also continue to implement house-to-house inoculation during their Barangayan Vaccination.
“Bisag karon sa barangayan kuhaan man gihapon nato. Kung wala silay sakyanan naa man tay mga bus ug van para mokuha sa mga magpabakuna,” she added.
(Even now in the barangays we will still fetch them. If they do not have vehicles to bring them to the vaccination sites we have a bus or a van to fetch those who wish to be vaccinated.)
As of October 19, 2021, the city has already inoculated 58.36 percent of their targeted population for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 49.34 percent were fully vaccinated or have received the second dose.
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