Bataan still below vaccine targets

The provincial government of Bataan on Saturday encouraged all unvaccinated individuals to avail of the Covid-19 vaccine. Bataan’s vaccination program is still below the new target set by the Department of Health (DoH). “Once again, we ask for the cooperation of everyone in our commitment to give protection to ourselves and our loved ones against the danger of Covid-19. Thank you very much, and continue to take care of all of us,” Gov. Albert Garcia said on Saturday. Garcia said that in accordance with the latest DoH memorandum, the new target of Bataan for 2022 is to vaccinate 100 percent of the province’s eligible population. Based on the 2022 Philippine Statistics Authority estimate, the population of Bataan is 862,233, including those aged 11 years old and below. “With this data based on the latest record of the provincial health office, it appears that only 59 percent had been considered fully-vaccinated while 66 percent are partially vaccinated in the province,” the governor said. “We will continue to strengthen our vaccination program in all 30 inoculation sites in 11 towns and one city in the province and the Vax on Wheels,” Garcia said.