‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ targets 15-M vaccinees in 3 days


The Bacolod City government has called on residents, vaccinated or otherwise, to take part in the three-day National Vaccination Day dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan” on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

The “Bayanihan Bakunahan” is a collaboration between the national government, various communities and organizations that targets to jab 5 million Filipinos a day during the three-day event.

Sixteen regions outside of Metro Manila will join the massive vaccination drive in what is called “the most ambitious vaccination undertaking in the country to date,” Dr. Edwin Miraflor, Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, said, citing the project brief sent to his department from Manila.

Miraflor said the “Bayanihan Bakunahan” hopes to fast-track vaccination in areas outside Metro Manila in a bid to reach 70 percent population protection nationwide.

Only the National Capital Region has achieved population protection, with 91.1 percent of its residents having been fully vaccinated.

“The national government is throwing its all-out support to local government units in order to vaccinate as many Filipinos as possible before, during and after the ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ event,” the document pointed out.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, the Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation as well as the private sector were tapped to achieve the program’s objective.

Religious organizations and medical communities are also being tapped to “amplify the information drive” of the event.

More than 8,000 vaccination sites will be opened to accommodate the target population, including schools, malls, cinemas and restaurants.

“Give your family the gift of good health. Lower infection rates as a result of the added protection of vaccination will lead to lesser quarantine restrictions and increased confidence to go out safely and responsibly, which in turn will hasten the country’s economic recovery and result in a safe and better Christmas for more Filipinos,” the program brief added.