Targeted vaccination for elderly, minors eyed in Iloilo City

The city government here will be identifying barangays with a low vaccination rate to account for the number of unvaccinated senior citizens.

This as the Iloilo City’s inoculation program will embark on a targeted vaccination to reach out to the elderly and pediatric age groups, Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, Iloilo City focal person on Covid-19, said on Monday.

Fortuna said that the vaccination of senior citizens or the A2 sector is now among the parameters for the escalation or the de-escalation of the alert level system.

In addition to barangays, they will also be asking the business sector if they still have unvaccinated employees or have not availed of a booster dose.

“We are into targeted vaccination. We will go house-to-house, per business sector and we also assigned for the religious sector,” he said in a press conference.

Schools were also asked to gradually identify their eligible vaccinees so no one will be left unvaccinated or will miss their booster dose.

The Western Visayas Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) showed that as of Monday, 70.77 percent of the 55,328 target population for 60 and above age period have received at least one dose, 65.93 percent are fully vaccinated and 35.62 percent have booster dose.

For the 12-17 years old group, of the 52,622 target eligible population, 91.95 percent have at least one dose and 87.93 are fully vaccinated.

Of the 61,872 targets for 5 -11 years old, the city government has only vaccinated 7.36 percent or 4,554.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said the city is eyeing the Alert Level 1 classification by March 16, which means that offices and business establishments will

operate on a 100 percent capacity.

“It is important to give booster to those who have none and vaccinate our children,’” Treñas said.

As the city gears for the new normal, he said the local government is currently preparing a 77-bed capacity modular hospital, which is now waiting for a license to operate from the Department of Health.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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