Aboitiz-LGU partnership speeds up vaccination campaign in Davao – Manila bulletin
Almost 40,000 vaccines administered
Following the inoculation of more than 12,000 Davaoenos through a series of collaborative vaccination campaigns between the public and private sectors, some areas of the city are already going from critical / high risk to low. risk, bolstering the city’s defenses against the threat of new COVID variants like Omicron.
The vaccination campaign led by Aboitiz’s Davao-based business units exceeded its initial target of 24,000 bites with around 39,000 bites administered to local residents as it completed its fourth stage, covering the second and third districts of the country. city. Apo Agua Infrastructura, Davao Light and Power Co., Inc., Hedcor, Inc., Therma South, Inc. and the Aboitiz Foundation have teamed up with the Davao Municipal Government, the Region XI Ministry of Education and the Davao City Health Office for the vaccination campaign.
The strong participation of residents wishing to be vaccinated prompted the Aboitiz Group and its partners to step up the initiative and aim for 60,000 jabs.
“We, from the Aboitiz group here in Davao, have responded to our local government‘s call to achieve collective immunity by operating several vaccination sites open to the public. It is a privilege for us to partner with LGU, City Health Office and DepED XI to implement this ambitious project, ”said Shake Aboitiz Tuason, Operations Manager of Apo Agua Infrastructura.
Merjade Deles-Calvo, captain of Barangay de Brgy. Tibungco in District II, reported a significant decrease in Covid-19 cases in his community following the vaccination campaign, prompting authorities to reclassify Brgy. Tibungco from being a critical or high risk barangay to a low risk barangay.
“With our vaccination program, we are targeting more than 50% of the population. And by now, we have already reached our target population. Hopefully the number will continually increase as we continue to vaccinate residents, ”she explained.
Dr Josephine Villafuerte, head of the Davao City Covid-19 task force vaccination task force, expressed gratitude to the Aboitiz group for supporting local government units in their attempt to speed up the cities immunization program to achieve collective immunity. “We would like to thank Aboitiz for contacting us. You know, they went to the third, first, and second districts doing the vaccination. It relieves us and they affect (even) the most, usually underserved communities, ”she said.
Meanwhile, Rosemarie T. Realino, parent of a 14-year-old vaccine recipient also residing in Barangay Tibungco, said that as a parent, her child’s immunization gives her peace of mind that her family is protected from the virus. “When it comes to the covid vaccination, let’s be open-minded. It is for the safety and well-being of our children. They will be protected from the virus and will hopefully be able to continue with their normal lives. Allow them to have fun in a safer environment, ”she advised other parents.
The Aboitiz Group is proud to be the government’s partner in its desire to protect communities against the dreaded virus.
“We would like to thank our partners and stakeholders for their unfailing support in carrying out this vaccination campaign. We all have a role to play in defeating this pandemic and we are honored to have the opportunity to live out the Aboitiz Group’s goal of leading change for a better world by advancing businesses and communities through this program of vaccination, ”Tuason said.
The vaccination campaign will continue this month and early next year. For December, second dose vaccination will continue for residents of Tibungco District at F. Bustamante National High School from December 7 to 13, and residents of Buhangin District to Cabantian Gym from December 20 to 2021.
To further reach underserved communities, the Group will also implement mobile vaccination initiatives, starting with the Welfare Action Foundation of Davao (Boy’s Town Davao), a non-profit organization that cares for boys from families. poor. By early 2022, the vaccination campaign will also cover booster injections for primary care physicians.
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