Bulacan readies vaccination plan for Bulakenyos

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CITY OF MALOLOS – Prior to the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando presents the overall proposed vaccination plan of the provincial government of Bulacan in a virtual press briefing held recently, and was spearheaded by Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque, Jr.

In his presentation, Gov. Fernando said that Bulacan have conducted microplanning at local government units (LGU) and provincial level for the allocation and procurement of vaccines, and to have a more effective and efficient implementation of the vaccination plan.

Under the vaccination plan, frontliners and health workers in Bulacan from private and public facilities will be the priority recipient of the vaccines, along with members of the barangay health emergency response team (BHERT); senior citizens; indigent population; and uniformed personnel.

Accordingly, a total of 833 fronliners and health workers from Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) will be the first group to be vaccinated.

Furthermore, vaccination teams were also assigned and mobilized wherein The Pavilion at Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center will serve as the main vaccination center of the province.

Fernando also discussed the vaccine risk communication plan, which aims to inform and encourage the people regarding the vaccines and help them understand its benefits.

“Patuloy din ang pagsasagawa ng mga communication campaigns at pamimigay ng IECs (Information, Education and Communication) tungkol sa mga vaccines at hopefully, mapataas natin ang bilang ng mga taong magpapabakuna dahil sa totoo lang po, marami pong mga katanungan ang ating mga kababayan at kinakailangan natin sila mabigyan ng impormasyon tungkol diyan; at malalim pong impormasyon ang kailangan nating ihanda para dito. Lalo na po yung mga napapabalita na tungkol sa nangyari sa Pfizer,” the governor said.

He also pleaded for support from the national government to help the province provide sufficient amount of vaccines for Bulakenyos.

“Ako po, kasama ang mga LGU ng lalawigan, ay umaasa na ang DOH (Department of Health) o ang national government ang siyang magbibigay sa amin ng mas malaking bahagi ng aming mga kakailanganing vaccines. Napakalaking bagay po na ang national government ay susuporta sa Lalawigan ng Bulacan upang mas mapalawak ang aming implementasyon,” he added.

By Friday, the province is set to conduct a simulation exercise of vaccine deployment to test the readiness of the province once the vaccines arrive.

The COVID-19 vaccines will be coming from drugmakers Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca under the sealed agreement with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility.

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