DOH Speaks On Administering COVID-19 to Filipinos
DOH – The Department of Health gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines.
The Philippines is one of the countries that is battling against the COVID-19 pandemic now. The outbreak of this coronavirus disease has brought a lot of changes to the country.
Currently, the wearing of face mask when going outdoors is already a protocol. Also, social distancing is advised most especially in public establishments like grocery stores pharmacies.
Even the public transportation reduced their capacity for every trip to promote social distancing among the passengers. Undeniably, commuting now is twice challenging but health must come first.
Amid the ongoing pandemic now, a ray of light was seen following the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Several countries abroad have already started administering the vaccine.
In the case of the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) recently gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccination in the country. Speaking to TeleRadyo, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the vaccine may start to be given in March.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Duque cited vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr.’s statement that the administration of the vaccine may start in the end of the first quarter and it will continue until the 60-70% of the population is reached.
DOH set the goal for a herd community. According to Duque, there is a formula on who will be vaccinated first which are divided in five categories:
- the healthcare workers
- the senior citizens
- the sick
- the poor
- the uniformed personnel
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