Pulilan holds I-ACAP vaccination program vs COVID-19

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The municipal government of Pulilan, Bulacan continues to strengthen its campaign against COVID-19 as they conducted an Integrated Aggressive COVID-19 Action Plan (I-ACAP) “Oplan: Bayanihan ng Bakuna sa Bulacan Laban sa Covid-19” on vaccine management held at the St. Dominic Academy in Barangay Poblacion.

The vaccine roll-out system and the initiative in fighting the dreaded virus was led by Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo, together with the Municipal Health Office with the help of her municipal head departments and local government agencies.

The highlight of the said activity is the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out Management System of the local government of Pulilan with the theme “Sama-sama, Akap-ACAP… Labanan ang COVID-19” to implement an effective vaccination program.

A forum and dialogue were also held during the event and attended by local government units headed by Governor Daniel Fernando, Vice Gov. Willy Sy-Alvardo, Mayors League president Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr. of Guiguinto and Malolos City Mayor Bebong Gatchalian, as they individually shared their respective vaccination programs in their areas.

“Importante na maunawaan at maiintindihan ng taumbayan ang kahalagahan ng bakuna kung kaya naman ginagawa natin ang aktibidad na ito at nang hindi sila maligaw at mahirapan sa araw ng bakuna,” Montejo said.

Fernando lauded Mayor Ochoa for her initiative and dedication to address the health crisis, and he shared that the provincial government is in full control and ready to implement the vaccination as well as  significant and aggressive action plans in fighting COVID-19.

The governor said that he is expecting that the 926 vaccines for Bulacan frontliners who will be the first to be vaccinated will arrive this Sunday.

For his part, Alvarado said that the provincial government is always at the front in fighting the virus. “Comprehensive and intensive information drive through the help of our media friends is a big part on this campaign,” he said.

It was learned that Pulilan will be the first town in the province to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this year, the municipality of Pulilan, together with the Department of Health (DOH) and National Task Force Against COVID-19 signed a Tripartite Agreement to acquire 80,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to vaccinate 65 percent of the town’s 118,000 population.

AstraZeneca or AZD 1222 vaccines come with a 60-90-percent efficacy rate and does not need extra care in terms of storage and delivery.

Montejo said that after the Tripartite Agreement signing, they immediately started the mode of online pre-registration through momcares.pulilan.gov.ph wherein the “roll-out management system” will be implemented under the overall supervision of Dr. Wilbert Eleria, Municipal Health Officer.

Eleria said that as of now there are 3,000 Pulilenyos who have already registered.

The mayor added that vaccine recipients will have a Pulilan Protect QR Code for them to be easily identified during validation, while the QR Code will be provided and can be acquired through the barangay hall and municipal health office.

Initially, the MHO targeted to vaccinate 3,000 individuals per day for a period of 13-15 days for the first batch, which will cover 40,000 Pulilenyos aged 18 and above.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive in July.

A signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also held between the local government of Pulilan and other stakeholders for the said I-ACAP program. 

These corporate partners include the owners of the cold storages facilities such as the Froneri, Fisher Farms and ROMBE where the vaccines will be housed.

After the program, they went to the mock vaccine center and conducted a simulation exercise led by Mayor Montejo and Dr. Eleria.

As of Tuesday, the Pulilan Health Office has recorded 401 confirmed COVID=19 cases with 366 recoveries, 25 active cases and 10 deaths.

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