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Philippine Red Cross personnel taking the Saliva RT-PCR Test

As the National and Local Elections 2022 are concluded, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), under the leadership of its Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, reminded the public to get vaccinated and observe COVID-related symptoms.

To assist the government with its vaccination efforts, the PRC also deployed its 20 Bakuna Buses to different communities across the country. Each is designed with a spacious interior for vaccination, storage of supplies, and patients’ waiting area.  The PRC also continues to offer one of the most affordable reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, including the cheaper and less invasive saliva-based test administered only by the organization’s 14 molecular laboratories.

“Muli kong hinihikayat ang ilan sa ating mga kababayan na hindi pa nababakunahan na magparehistro o mag-walk in lamang sa Red Cross upang kayo’y mabigyan ng vaccination schedule at maprotektahan laban sa kumakalat na virus. Nariyan pa rin ang ating abot-kayang RT-PCR test at mga Bakuna Buses na lumilibot sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa upang magbigay serbisyo. Sama-sama tayo laban sa COVID-19,” Chairman Dick Gordon said. 

Aside from offering these services, the PRC encourages the public, particularly the elderly and immunocompromised patients, to observe the minimum public health standards, which include immediate isolation if COVID-related symptoms are experienced. This is in response to the Department of Health’s latest National COVID-19 Case Bulletin last May 9, 2022, which reports over 1,000 COVID-19 new cases, 14 of which are severe and critical.

“Nariyan pa rin ang banta ng COVID-19 sa ating paligid, kaya nais nating paalalahanan ang publiko na sundin palagi ang itinakdang guidelines ng ating gobyerno. Red Cross is always ready to help, particularly in administering COVID-19 vaccine, RT-PCR test, and other humanitarian services.” Chairman Gordon added.

To date, the PRC has administered 1,169,428 vaccination doses and tested patients using either the swab or saliva method. 

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.

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 deploys 20th Bakuna Bus

Philippine Red Cross Bakuna Bus

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) now has 20 Bakuna buses, the latest of which is currently deployed in Pangasinan and is supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The PRC Bakuna Bus is a bus whose interior is set up with facilities for administering vaccines, Covid-19 vaccines and supplies, and space for vaccinators. It is PRC’s way of bringing the vaccines and information to the people, assuaging their hesitations to get vaccinated.

“Patuloy ang ating laban sa Covid-19 sa pamamagitan ng bakuna at RT-PCR tests. Hindi titigil ang Red Cross na gawin ang dapat gawin upang marating ang herd immunity,” the PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.

Also dubbed “Health on Wheels,” the Bakuna Bus will provide a mobile Covid-19 vaccination capability in Pangasinan, initially to the fourth district, specifically to the municipalities of San Fabian, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, and Rosales.

Philippine Red Cross Bakuna Bus Operations

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with local governments, has administered more than 20,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in Negros Occidental from 2021 to 2022, fully vaccinating 9,421 persons as of April 3, 2022. This milestone comes at a time when the province has fully lifted mass gathering restrictions in Sagay City, La Carlota City, and E.B. Magalona, Pulupandan, and San Enrique towns.

Last April 1, 2022, Negros Occidental Governor Bong Lacson issued an executive order placing Sagay City, La Carlota City, and the municipalities of E.B. Magalona, Pulupandan, and San Enrique under Alert Level 1. Under Alert Level 1, business establishments and outdoor activities are allowed 100% capacity, subject to the local government’s guidelines. The rest of the province remains under Alert Level 2.

“Patuloy na tutulong ang Philippine Red Cross sa ating gobyerno para labanan ang COVID-19,” PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.

As it eases Covid-19 restrictions as of April 1, the Philippines has been opened to all nationalities of foreign tourists from all countries as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Philippine Red Cross Covid-19 Vaccination

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with local governments, has administered more than 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in Bohol from 2021 to 2022. It has fully vaccinated 5,501 persons as of March 28, 2022.

The vaccinations are part of the PRC’s COVID-19 response throughout the country. As of March 28, 2022, PRC has administered 1,115,101 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. It has fully vaccinated 361,790 persons. Other PRC vaccination sites in Visayas include Negros Occidental-Bacolod City, Capiz. Aklan, Bogo, and Roxas City.

The Department of Health reports on its website Dashboard that 63,992,620 complete doses have been administered in the whole country as of March 9, 2022. The figure represents 59% of the total population of the Philippines of 109,035,343 as of May 1, 2020. 

“Ang Philippine Red Cross ay hindi tumitigil na labanan ang COVID-19,” PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ramps up its vaccination drive to support the National Vaccination Days after the National Task Force Against COVID-19 extended the vaccination days until December 03, 2021.

PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon deployed its Bakuna Buses and Bakuna Centers, which vaccinated 8,155 individuals on December 02, 2021. PRC continues to speed up its vaccination to protect the unvaccinated due to the Omicron Variant causing concerns in other countries.

“There is cause for concern for the Omicron Variant but there is no need to panic. Naghahanda na kami sa Philippine Red Cross kung sakali makapasok ang bagong variant. Ngunit, ito ay ating maiiwasan kung tayo ay magpapatest, magpapabakuna, magpractice ng health protocols kagaya ng pagsusuot ng mask, paghugas ng kamay, at social distancing. Huwag na rin muna lumabas kung hindi kailangan. Let us protect ourselves and the people around us,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

With the holiday season approaching, Sen. Gordon encourages everyone to get tested and utilize the free vaccines provided by the local government unit.

“Magpabakuna sa pinakamalapit na Bakuna Centers upang maprotektahan ang sarili kontra COVID-19. For all people who want to have a Christmas event and gathering, all must present a negative COVID-19 test result, especially if there are very young unvaccinated children, elderly, and those with comorbidities even if they are fully vaccinated,” Gordon added.

“Kailangan lahat ng papasok mula sa ibang bansa kahit galing green or red countries ay dapat mag quarantine at magpatest upang masiguradong madedetect natin agad ang bagong variant kapag nakapasok sa bansa,” Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

PRC’s COVID-19 response team already began its preparation once the Omicron variant, a new variant of concern, enters the country. Chairman Gordon also pushes to ramp up the testing to ensure the viral spread is accurate and real-time low.

PRC recently surpassed the 5 million mark for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests, accounting for 20% of the country’s national testing output. According to Sen. Gordon, we must not stop and encourage everyone to get tested regularly, because it is through the RT-PCR that we detect the virus.

PRC also participated in the National Vaccination days to support the local government unit in vaccinating more people as soon as possible. Through the 3-day vaccination drive. PRC vaccinated more than 54,559 individuals through its 17 Bakuna Buses and 25 Bakuna Centers nationwide.

“We must get vaccinated to protect ourselves from COVID-19. Sa papalapit na pasko siguraduhin natin na tayo ay mag practice ng health protocols, tayo ay bakunado at nagpatest upang maiwasan ang hawaan at maprotektahan ang mahal natin sa buhay,” Gordon said.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon encouraged everyone, especially the unvaccinated, to get their Jabs at the nearest Bakuna Centers as soon as possible due to the threat of Omicron Variant in the country.

Omicron Variant also known as B.1.1.529 is a new heavily mutated corona variant that was first detected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana. With over 30 mutations on its spike protein, it is now designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

PRC, through the directives of Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to vaccinate individuals in support of the National Vaccine Days from November 29, 2021 – December 01, 2021. PRC already vaccinated 32,638 through the 25 Bakuna Centers, 17 Bakuna Buses, and Bakuna Team Augmentation to support the local government units.

“We need to vaccinate more! Dapat lahat ng qualified magpabakuna ay magpabakuna na. Mayroong bagong variant na mabilis na kumakalat sa ibang bansa. Dapat handa tayo kung sakaling makapasok ito sa ating Bansa. Get vaccinated and protect yourselves and your loved ones,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

Chairman Gordon also prepares PRC for possible new cases due to the threat of the Omicron variant. PRC already prepares its Emergency Field Hospital, Isolation Facilities, Oxygen tanks, Negative Pressure Ambulance, and Food Trucks that are ready for deployment to combat COVID-19.

PRC started its COVID-19 initiatives since the start of the pandemic and has been continuing in alleviating human suffering and uplifts the dignity of the most vulnerable who are greatly affected by the pandemic.

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.

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