December 5, 2022

The government is still finalizing the number of social mobilizers to be hired to improve Covid-19 vaccination rates in areas with low coverage, a health official said.
Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Department of Health has not decided when the social mobilizers would be deployed on the ground.
“We’re still looking for resources, so we have funds and we’ll be able to sustain these social mobilizers,” she added.
National Vaccination Operations Center chief Myrna Cabotaje earlier said social mobilizers could help increase the vaccination rate alongside vaccinations in houses and workplaces.
Vergeire noted the DOH exhausted all strategies, especially in areas with vaccine hesitancy.
“This is where our social mobilizers will come in. They will try to map out the different communities, ti-tingnan kung ano po ang mga nakikitang balakid kung bakit hindi tayo makapagbakuna ng 100 percent sa mga komunidad na ‘yan,” she said.
The social mobilizers will inform the community about the benefits and side effects of the Covid-19 jabs before vaccinators visit every house and workplace in the area to administer the shots.
The Bangsamoro region is among the areas with low vaccine coverage rate.
To date, more than 66.2 million individuals are already fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while 71.4 million have received their first dose of the jabs as of April 4. – PNA