In support of the government’s efforts to encourage the public to get vaccinated and avail of booster shots against COVID-19, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) opened its 1st Bakuna Center in Malabon City, July 20.
The PRC Bakuna Center, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Local Government Unit of Malabon, and the Rotary Club of Malabon, vaccinated 66 individuals, including senior citizens, immunocompromised patients, and qualified adolescents 12-17 years old on its opening day. The new Bakuna Center in Malabon is one of the many COVID-19 programs that the PRC continues to provide amid the increasing cases in the country.
Since February 2022, the PRC Malabon Chapter has administered 4,116 doses, which is added to the PRC’s total of 1,211,810 doses with 375,094 fully vaccinated individuals.
“Patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng Red Cross sa local government units at pribadong ahensiya para tugunan ang panawagan na mahikayat ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna. Ang Bakuna Center sa Malabon ay naglalayong mailapit ang ating mga bakuna sa mga komunidad na nangangailangan,” Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.
Present during the opening were Hon. Jeannie Sandoval, Mayor of Malabon City and Chairperson of PRC Malabon City Chapter, officials from DOH and Malabon City Health Office, and volunteers and staff of the PRC.
Supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon ordered the quick deployment of Bakuna Bus to help the government in its vaccination program in Zamboanga City last May 2, 2022.
“Patuloy na maglilingkod ang PRC para sa mga kapatid natin sa Zamboanga City at iba pang karatig probinsiya dito sa Mindanao. Sa katunayan, walang humpay ang deployment ng ating Bakuna Buses upang makamit natin ang herd immunity sa lalong madaling panahon. Taos-pusong pasasalamat sa ICRC para sa agarang tulong upang maisakatuparan natin ang ganitong gawain,” Sen. Gordon said.
Since the pilot deployment in Mindanao on April 14, 2022, the PRC Bakuna Buses have already served around 1,000 individuals, including those in Manolo, Fortich, and Impasug-ong, Bukidnon and Malalag, Kiblawan, and Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.
The PRC, aiming to provide an efficient mobile COVID-19 vaccination program, designed every Bakuna Bus’s interior with facilities following the vaccine administration protocols, COVID-19 vaccines and other supplies, and space for vaccinators, volunteers, and staff. Besides administering COVID-19 vaccines through these Bakuna Buses, the PRC aimed to educate its target communities in Mindanao about the importance of participating in the organization’s vaccination programs to achieve herd immunity amidst the pandemic.
The PRC has recorded 1,158,745 vaccination doses with 20 Bakuna Buses deployed in different areas in the Philippines.
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 (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon urged the public to get tested regularly for early detection to prevent transmission and to also get vaccinated or receive booster shots for added protection. Gordon also said that PRC is prepared for any possibility of a surge since there are PRC Molecular Laboratories, Bakuna Centers, Bakuna Buses, Isolation Facilities, and Emergency Field Hospitals available 24/7.
“Tumataas ang kaso ng COVID-19 cases sa ibang bansa, we must be ready for any possible surge. We must prevent it through practicing health and safety protocols, social distancing, sanitizing your hands, getting vaccinated, and being tested regularly for early protection,” Gordon said.
Through PRC’s 14 molecular laboratories, anyone can get tested and avail of the cheapest RT-PCR test in the country priced at only P1,500 for the saliva RT-PCR test and just P2,800 for the swab RT-PCR test. The saliva and swab RT-PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.
PRC also continues to deploy its Bakuna Buses to remote areas and has a continuous operations program for their Bakuna Centers to inoculate unvaccinated individuals and provide additional protection through booster shots. To date, PRC has already conducted 5,515,453 tests and administered 1,104,478 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
PRC has also turned unused classrooms into isolation facilities to accommodate asymptomatic spreaders. There are also PRC emergency field hospitals to serve as extension wards for other hospitals to accommodate any overflow of COVID-19 patients. The initiative of the Red Cross was started last April 2021, to provide assistance to the overwhelmed healthcare system in the country due to the increasing number of COVID-19 positive individuals at that time. Since then, PRC has cared for 5,176 individuals in the isolation facilities and 65,856 individuals in the emergency field hospitals and medical tents.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is the leading humanitarian organization in COVID-19 response in the country continues to provide hope, especially in this time of the pandemic. Through the leadership of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC was able to implement various initiatives such as COVID-19 vaccination, Isolation Facilities, Emergency Field Hospital, Medical tents, and Hot Meals distribution, among others of PRC initiatives to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the people.
Due to the rising concern of the new omicron variant in other countries, Sen. Dick Gordon reiterates the importance of vaccination and regular testing to protect everyone against the deadly virus. In line with the National Vaccination Days, PRC deploys its Bakuna 17 Bakuna Bus and 25 Bakuna centers to support the different local government units in its vaccination program.
“We are at war against COVID-19. As part of the Philippine Red Cross, it is our duty and responsibility to be a part of the solution, in beating the invisible enemy. We are doing everything that we can from testing, isolation, emergency hospital, food pack, and cash distribution, and vaccination to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable greatly affected by the pandemic,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
To date, PRC has conducted 4,985,840 RT-PCR tests through the 14 PRC molecular laboratories, Vaccinated 606,481 individuals through the 25 Bakuna Centers and 17 Bakuna Buses, served 4,411 patients in 6 Isolation facilities, served 56, 806 individuals through its 111 medical tents deployed in 62 hospitals, and distributed 110,215 hot meals through PRC’s 28 food trucks.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through its Bakuna Center, vaccinated 986 individuals in SM City Calamba last November 03, 2021.
PRC Laguna Chapter, headed by its Administrator Frank Sorromero, continues to partner with the local government unit of Laguna to provide vaccines to the residents of Laguna.
“Ang layunin ng Philippine Red Cross ay mabigyan ng access sa Bakuna ang mga most vulnerable. Mahigit isang taon na ang nakakalipas simula magsimula ang COVID-19, at mawawakasan natin ito kapag lahat ay bakunado na. Kaya naman inilalapit po ng PRC ang mga Bakuna Center at Bakuna Buses sa malalayong lugar para mabilis narin mabakunahan ang ating mga kababayan, ” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Laguna Chapter recently inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony of its new Blood Bank facility in Sta. Rosa Laguna, which will soon serve residents of Sta. Rosa, Binan, San Pedro, and even the National Capital Region.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Center, vaccinated 868 individuals belonging to the A1- A4 category in Batangas before the start of the holidays last October 27-29, 2021.
PRC, led by its Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to find ways to make vaccines available to the most vulnerable in far-flung areas. With the help of the local government unit, PRC sent out its Bakuna Bus to reach the municipality of San Luis and Padre Garcia, vaccinating 552 individuals.
“Kailangan tuloy tuloy pa rin ang ating pagbabakuna lalo na malapit na ang pasko. Hindi natin ineencourage na mag social gathering, ngunit ang dapat natin gawin ay magpabakuna at continues pa rin ang testing upang masiguradong ligtas an gating pamilya at mga mhal sa buhay,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC encourages everyone to get vaccinated to keep you safe from COVID-19. Meanwhile, PRC remains at full force in its vaccination program, has vaccinated more than 350,000 individuals through its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses, catering to the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to be the government’s active ally in its aggressive National COVID-19 Vaccination Program to beat the pandemic. It recently inaugurated its 25th Bakuna Center located at CB Mall Urdaneta, Pangasinan, last October 26, 2021.
“Habang patuloy ang ating laban sa COVID-19, kailangan nating maging maliksi. Ipinapadala namin ang mga bakuna sa mas maraming rehiyon, nag-dedeploy ng karagdagang mga tao, at higit sa lahat pinapabakunahan ang mas maraming tao laban sa COVID-19,” reiterates Senator Dick Gordon.
Over 92 individuals from COVID-19 priority groups A4 received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine supplied by the government in the dry run. The kick-off is the start of PRC Pangasinan’s regular vaccination schedule which plans to innoculate Pangasinenses every Thursday and Friday.
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