Senior citizens urged to get booster shots

The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 9 recently urged senior citizens in Zamboanga City and neighboring provinces to get their booster jabs as an added layer of protection from Covid-19.

DOH-9 Regional Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes sounded the call during the launch Tuesday of the nationwide “PinasLakas” vaccination campaign aimed at reaching 90% of the A1 priority group/senior citizens boosted within the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Dr. Brillantes cited the importance of booster shots for protection against Covid-19, stressing that the wall of protection from two doses only is waning, considering that the dreaded virus has mutated into several other variants. Thus, the need to strengthen the wall of protection or the wall of immunity to stay safe from the different variants.

He said the “PinaLakas” booster jab rollout is carried out in malls, market places, churches, barangay hall and similar places of convergence, including house-to-house, to reach out to the target population.

The DOH officials also called on the local government units, non-government organizations and other stakeholders to help in the information dissemination to achieve the President’s target on booster shot rollout.

As of July 20, 2022, the City Government through the Health Office has administered a total of 1,531.803 doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the start of the vaccination rollout. Ninety-six percent (96%) or 687,530 individuals out of the targeted 716,960 population have received the first dose while 94% or 677,153 individuals have received the second jab and are considered fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 161,976 or 31% of the total fully vaccinated individuals received their first booster dose and 3% or 5,144 immunocompromised and those belonging to A1 and A2 priority groups have received their second booster.-(Vic Larato)