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Day: April 28, 2022

Diabetes patient Nicanor Viray, 85 years old, gets his Covid-19 second booster shot at the Philippine Red Cross.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) started administering second booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines today, April 27, 2022, in Mandaluyong City, to the elderly and the immunocompromised. The Philippines’ Department of Health announced last April 13, 2022 that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the administration of Covid-19 second booster shots to the elderly, the immunocompromised, and frontline health workers.

PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Richard “Dick” J. Gordon, advised the immunocompromised who are fully vaccinated and have the first booster shot to get the second booster shot if the required time interval has lapsed. “Hinihikayat ko ang ating mga kababayan na immunocompromised na fully vaccinated at may first booster shot na kumuha ng second booster shot sa akmang panahon,” Chairman Gordon said.

The spouses Ninfa and Nicanor Viray, who are both elderly and immunocompromised, had their second booster shots at the PRC today.  Ms. Viray, 84 years old, is a cancer patient who just had a mastectomy. Mr. Viray, 85 years old, is a diabetes patient. They both had their first booster in December 2021. The second booster shot against Covid-19 is given at

least four months after the first booster shot, but the interval could be earlier for other patients if prescribed by a doctor.  

“That we’ll be more protected from more severe symptoms owing to our age. We’d like to be as protected as possible, considering that sometimes we are also compelled to go out of the house to buy some basic needs,” was Ms. Viray’s answer when asked what she hoped the second booster shot would do. She added that getting the second booster shot is part of their taking care of themselves, because their decisions about their health affect the rest of the family.

When asked how they would encourage other members of the elderly population to get vaccinated, Ms. Viray says she would show them how she and her husband have relative capacity to still enjoy life, because they can be mobile and interact with people with confidence despite their advanced years. Mr. Viray shares that his style is personal; he talks to his friends about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Ms. Viray says they try to observe all the health protocols as much as possible, because they don’t want to abuse the new lease on life they are enjoying because of the protection that the vaccines give. Mr. Viray attests that since he got vaccinated, he has felt more assured that he is protected.  The couple is keen on doing their share in educating the community about the collective nature and solution to the Covid-19 public health emergency.    

The PRC’s vaccination efforts are part of its mandate as auxiliary to the government in its humanitarian tasks. The PRC started administering Covid-19 vaccines in March 2021. To date, it has administered 1,153,200 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and boosters through its Bakuna Centers, Bakuna Teams, and Bakuna Buses nationwide. It has fully vaccinated 367,985 individuals.

Philippine Red Cross to the Rescue At Bridge Catastrophe in Bohol

At approximately 4:30 pm on April 27, 2022, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon was apprised of the collapse of the Clarin Bridge in Loay, Bohol. Aware that time is of the essence in these situations, Chairman Gordon immediately dispatched a fully trained and equipped PRC Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) team and a five-member Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew to the site of the collapsed bridge. The personnel involved are part of the rescue and relief component of the PRC Bohol Chapter. In addition, Chairman Gordon placed two PRC Cebu Chapter EMS groups of eight trained medical staff on standby, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.

“Kahit kelan, laging handang tumulong ang Philippine Red Cross sa mga nangangailangan. Agad natin ipinadala and ating rescue teams upang mabilis ang pag-rescue, para makatulong at makaligtas ng buhay,” Sen. Gordon said.

The old Clarin bridge in Loay is located 22.7 kilometers from Bohol’s capital of Tagbilaran and had previously sustained damage from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred in 2013. Initial reports from the office of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap implied that the tragedy was due to stationary traffic causing an overload of vehicles. Among several cargo vehicles was a dump truck loaded with gravel and sand. When it  reached the middle of the bridge, the collapse began, quickly pulling vehicles at the front and back of the dump truck into the deep waters of the Loboc River below.

Local ambulance vehicles and military and police personnel were deployed to the area as well, all waiting for additional information from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to see if they were needed to assist in the search and rescue operation.

The rescue operation concluded at 11:30 pm when rains began, hindering further efforts. The rescue divers experienced zero visibility, while strong underwater currents hampered more attempts. Search and rescue operations and salvage work to retrieve 12 vehicles in the deep waters are scheduled to resume again at 8:00 am on Thursday, April 28. An estimated 30 survivors were treated for injuries after being rescued.

Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

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