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Over 1M Ilocos Region residents in priority list for COVID-19 vaccines

The Department of Health in Ilocos Region (DOH-1) has listed over 1.06 million residents in the region under the group A category as part of the partial listing for the eligible population for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) inoculation.

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DOH-1 information officer Dr. Rheuel Bobis said among the priority group A category are frontline health workers both in public and private institutions, contact tracers, barangay health workers, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams, indigent senior citizens, other senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel. 

“We target 60 to 70 percent of the population but since we cannot do it all at once, we have the priority groups,” he said during the Kapihan sa Ilocos forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency on Wednesday. Bobis said the region has been preparing for the vaccination rollout and there are already 88 cold storage facilities identified all over the region, excluding a big cold storage facility in the DOH regional office here. 

“The cold storage number is just partial as some local government units (LGUs) and hospitals are still planning to have their cold storage,” he added. 

Bobis said the training for vaccination teams has been ongoing since January this year. “A regional vaccination operation center has also been formed and will be replicated in the LGUs,” he said. Bobis said the vaccine will be free of charge once it becomes available as it will be provided by the national government. He urged the residents in the region to complete the survey on the acceptability of Covid-19 vaccine for the proper assessment of the agency. (PNA)

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