December 2, 2022

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Supreme Student Government (SSG) of the Benguet State University (BSU) has been tapped to help in the government’s vaccination information drive by coming up with initiatives to convince students to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

“We were asked to help with the campaign and we came up with a vaccination schedule for our fellow students in support of the vaccination campaign of the government,” said Ronica Raine Babsa-ay, Development Communication student and executive vice president of the BSU-SSG.

Babsa-ay believes student leaders like her can also influence fellow students, especially those who are hesitant to get vaccinated.

“It is also better way since we have similar situations, similar understanding on how vaccination works. As students, we are taking our courses on a similar footing trying to get through the day-to-day calls of the course,” she said.

Babsa-ay said the SSG, in partnership with the student organization of the College of Nursing and the DevCom under the College of Agriculture with the University administration, helped make the link with the local government for the setting up of a vaccination area and schedule inside the campus to cater specifically to the BSU students.

She said convincing fellow students to get the jab is difficult if the person does not have complete knowledge and understanding of the whole concept of the need to be vaccinated.

“Some have fears because maybe they lack information. That is why we are trying to tackle both. Through the BSU and the SSG Facebook page and other online platforms, we came up with more information to disseminate, especially now that it is difficult to reach students because there are no face-to-face classes. It is the only way we can reach our fellow students right now,” Babsa-ay said.

She added they will come up with a database of students who are not vaccinated to pinpoint their needs and assist them by letting the officials know of their needs and concerns in getting the jab.

Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Lilian delas Llagas witnessed the ceremonial vaccination together with BSU officials led by president Felipe Comila.

Babsa-ay said they have asked for the vaccination schedule until the second week of December to accommodate more students. – PNA