Tagum’s Home for the Aged senior citizens get COVID-19 vaccine jab

Tagum City – In its quest to achieve herd immunity and to protect the most vulnerable, the City Government of Tagum partnered up once again with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office Region XI in vaccinating senior citizens housed in their Home for the Aged facility in barangay Visayan Village.

39 abandoned and neglected senior citizens who are staying at the Home for the Aged facility of DSWD XI got the opportunity to become protected from the deadly virus yesterday, June 30, 2021 with their first dose of Sinovac vaccine. 11 of the 50 total residents are deferred due to their health conditions/medicines but will still receive their jabs later during the vaccination for the second dose.

Ms. Candelaria Tingson, the manager of the facility extends her gratefulness to the government particularly to the City Health Office (CHO) of Tagum for including the senior citizens at the center in this lifesaving initiative.

She further stated that the government sees everyone as equal despite various differences in socio-economic status and therefore should receive equal social service such as vaccination to protect and save the lives of the most vulnerable in the society.

Likewise, the CHO of Tagum mobile vaccination team will continue its vaccination drive to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology located at barangay Canocotan next week to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to persons deprived of liberty.

Meanwhile, Tagum will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine starting today, July 1 despite the on-going aggressive vaccination drive. This after Davao region recorded a spike on its COVID-19 cases.

However, the local government unit remains hopeful that everything will be back to normal after logging 92% completion on health care workers, 46% completion on senior citizens, 5,313 persons vaccinated under persons with comorbidities priority groups for first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum

 

39 Senior citizens of Department of Social Welfare and Development Office XI’s Home for the Aged in Tagum got vaccinated last June 30, 2021. 11 of them got deferred due to their medicines but will later receive their jabs during the vaccination for the second dose. The lifesaving activity was spearheaded by the mobile vaccination team of the City Health Office of Tagum. James Sawila/CIO Tagum