Get vaccinated

posted July 24, 2021 at 12:25 am
The monsoon season has begun, and the sight of hundreds of men and women joining the long queue around vaccination centers, seeking shelter under their umbrellas, tells us many things about ourselves. 

We give our hand to those who have, persuaded by others or on their own, gone out in the rain to get themselves out of the persistently pitiless pandemic. This week, we saw the emergence of local cases of the more transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19  in the country— aware of what authorities have said this should not change the ultimate target of vaccinating 70 percent, particularly those in high-risk public of the 110 million population by the end of 2021.

The Department of Health has said there are eight active Delta variant cases in the Philippines, chased by a call from the authorities, to which we add our voice, on the public to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Latest Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination bulletin shows some 15,600,000 doses have been administered across 1,297 active vaccination sites, with an average of 271,426 doses daily over the past week, lower than the government’s target of 500,000 jabs per day.

A total 10,388,188 individuals have gotten at least one dose – 1,884,059 of whom were health workers, 2,760,074 were senior citizens, 3,440,132 were persons with comorbidities, 1,943,672 were essential workers, and 360,251 were indigents.

The DOH said  4,708,073 people have been fully inoculated – 1,312,167 of whom were health workers, 1,197,270 were senior citizens, 1,578,807 were persons with comorbidities, 449,252 were essential workers, and 170,577 were indigents.

We need not belabor the point that we need to win the race against COVID-19 variants.

Hence, this strong appeal to those who are hesitant, for whatever reason, or those merely watching the vaccination rollout to immediately get the jabs once the vaccines are available.

The Department of Health has said everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is urged to get vaccinated, take their second dose as scheduled, and to continue practicing the minimum public health standards “as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people.”

COVID-19 vaccines also help keep the people from getting seriously ill even if they get COVID-19.

Health experts say vaccines train a person’s immune system to create antibodies, just as it does when it’s exposed to a disease.

However, because vaccines contain only killed or weakened forms of germs like viruses or bacteria, they do not cause the disease or put you at risk of its complications.

Let’s get these on our minds: a COVID-protected Philippines with more Filipinos vaccinated means we are a few more steps closer to brighter days in the new normal.

Topics: COVID-19 , Delta variant , Department of Health , vaccination
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