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NV eyes more COVID-19 vaccines

The province is gearing up to expand its vaccination reach in order to attain the 70 percent eligible population vaccination target by the end of this year.

Health officials bared that the increased vaccine allocation for the province will be delivered soon.

Jan Tugadi, Department of Health(DOH) Provincial Coordinator said DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje has vowed to increase the vaccine allocation for the province from the previous 5,000-7,000 weekly allocation to 72,000.

As of October 25, the vaccination drive against COVID-19 showed that out of the 341,767 – 70 percent eligible population, 96,844 or 28 percent of Novo Vizcayanos were partially vaccinated while 69,013 have been fully vaccinated totalling to 165,857 total jabs administered.

The province has also received 157,862 for first dose and 149,462 for second dose COVID-19 vaccines with a total of 307,324 vaccines.

“With the upcoming increase of our vaccine allocation, our target is to attain the first dose for other eligible population and reach the full immunization of our 70 percent target of the eligible population by December 2021,” he said.

Tugadi said the vaccine allocation increase requires additional number of vaccinators, equipments and data encoders through the local government units and other partner agencies and civic organizations.

Governor Carlos Padilla has encouraged the support and assistance of volunteer groups and sectors in the province to help in the upcoming massive vaccination drive.

He also said additional vaccination centers will be opened – up to cater to Novo Vizcayanos.

“We should see to it that we should respond to this challenge. We therefore ask for the cooperation, support and assistance of various sectors of our society,” Padilla said.

Dr. Edwin Galapon, Provincial Health Officer said the Nueva Vizcaya Convention Center(NVCC) at the provincial capitol has been opened for vaccination of walk-in clients.

“With the increase of our vaccine allocation, we are encouraging everyone to avail of our COVID-19 vaccination drive to protect ourselves from the severe effects of this virus,” he said.

𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Benjamin Moses Ebreo | PIA Provincial Manager

𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐𝒔: Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Government

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