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PHOTO RELEASE/ 10 May 2022

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Ms. Paola Marie Venus, RN, (left) of the Health Education and Promotion Unit, explains to a resident the basic information of COVID-19 vaccines during the house-to-house visit and vaccination in Macalelon, Quezon, May 4, 2022.

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Members of the vaccination team, together with a senior citizen woman (center), do a “Resbakuna” pose after the latter received the COVID-19 vaccine during the house-to-house visit and vaccination in Macalelon Quezon, May 4, 2022.

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The DOH-Center for Health Development-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) continues its efforts to bring the COVID-19 vaccines closer to the communities. In Macalelon, Quezon, from May 4-6, 2022, individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19 through house-to-house visits. 

Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia emphasized the need to identify individuals who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and address concerns on vaccine safety and access. 

“It is important to extend our community engagement to reach as many unvaccinated senior citizens as possible and explain the benefits of being vaccinated and completing the recommended COVID-19 vaccines,” Valencia stressed.

Besides the activity, a meeting with the representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Provincial Health Office, and the local health officials of Macalelon and Calauag, Quezon, was held. Gaps and strategies that will assist in improving the vaccination coverage in the said municipalities were identified. 

As of May 05, 2022, the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) reported 24,247 unvaccinated individuals in Calauag, including 4,303 senior citizens while Macalelon with 12,687 unvaccinated individuals, including 1,114 senior citizens, respectively.

Quezon Province remains at the Alert Level 2 status except for Candelaria, San Antonio, Dolores, and Lucena City, which are already under the Alert Level 1 from May 1-15.

According to IATF guidelines, provinces, cities, and municipalities could be deescalated to Alert Level 1 if they met the following criteria such as:

  • Low to minimal risk case classification

  • A total bed utilization rate of less than 50 percent

  • 70% fully vaccinated coverage of the target population and;

  • 70% fully vaccinated coverage of the Priority Group A2 (Senior Citizens) target population