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Mobile vaccination teams inoculate seniors, PWDs

By Cet Dematera

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) were thankful to the Legazpi City Health Office (LCHO) mobile barangay vaccination program as teams of health workers conducted inoculation activities in areas near their homes.

LCHO chief, Dr. Fulbert Gillego, said that more than 40 percent of the 18,000 seniors and PWDs have been vaccinated already as most of them were inoculated through vaccination held in barangays to avoid congestion at the assigned vaccination centers in malls and at the Legazpi City Convention Center (L3C).

Gillego said that his office has created four teams for the vaccination program comprised of a doctor, nurses, midwives and other volunteers who rendered vaccination services to the senior citizens and PWDs who could not go to the vaccination centers in urban areas due to their physical conditions and financial constraints.

He clarified that the four vaccination teams have vaccinated more than 400 elderly and PWDs everyday, noting that each team had inoculated more than 100 persons from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

“Before the start of the vaccination services, we give first medical check-up to the seniors and PWDs in order for them to know their health condition to ensure their safety”, Gillego pointed out.

The mobile vaccination is a program of the CHO including the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and barangay officials to fast track the vaccination turn out and also to give the seniors and PWDs especially those residing in the far-flung barangays comfortable vaccination services.

Gillego said that barangay officials have to submit to the CHO the list of all the elderly and PWDs in their own respective villages before the teams will conduct the actual vaccination activities.

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