BONTOC, Mountain Province – Elective and health officials of this capital town are reiterating their appeal to the eligible population to have their 1st, 2nd, and booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines.
During the 3rd Quarter Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) meeting on August 10, 2022, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol Auditorium, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Diga Kay Gomez announced that booster shots are available at the Municipal Health Office (MHO).
According to Municipal Immunization Program Coordinator Oliver Gacusana, the booster shot is open to 12 years old and above.
Relative to this, Bontoc Mayor and MDRRMC Chairperson Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., joined Dr. Gomez in appealing for the public’s support and cooperation on the COVID-19 vaccination program.
“The deadly virus has not gone away. We are faced with the emergence of various COVID-19 variants. The good news is vaccines continue to work. With this, I appeal to our eligible kakailyan to complete your vaccine shots and get your booster shots to ensure protection against severe COVID-19 symptoms,” the mayor added.
Per data from the Municipal Health Office (MHO), since the vaccination started in 2021, a total of 20,312 individuals have been fully vaccinated as of August 5, 2022. For the adult population, 16, 431 are fully vaccinated and 4,720 are boosted. Under the pediatric population (ages 12-17), 2,669 are fully vaccinated while 141 did not complete the two doses. For 5-11 years old, 1,212 are fully vaccinated and 65 did not get their 2nd shots.
The four central barangays recorded the highest number of vaccinated individuals since the municipality catered to those from other municipalities of Mountain Province and neighboring provinces.
Barangay Caluttit has vaccinated 2,950 individuals; Barangay Poblacion is 4,240; Barangay Bontoc Ili is 4,178 and Barangay Samoki is 2,844 individuals.
For the other barangays, 405 were inoculated in Barangay Alab Oriente, Alab Proper is 546, Balili is 292, Bayyo is 285, Can-eo is 356, Dalican is 766, Gonogon is 449, Guina-ang is 1,031, Mainit is 673, Maligcong is 580, Talubin is 1,009 and Tocucan is 807.
The MHO clarified that they did not receive any adverse effects from those who were vaccinated.