Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Angeles starts mobile vax for 660 bedridden seniors

THE Angeles City Government has started its house-to-house Covid-19 vaccination of 20 bedridden elderly in Barangay Lourdes Sur East by deploying a mobile bus on July 30.

A total of 660 bedridden elderly will receive their inoculation via house-to-house visitation.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said the City Government aims to deliver easier and accessible vaccination service to the senior citizens inflicted with diseases or other health-related issues.

Apart from administering the vaccine house-to-house, P1,000 cash assistance and Vitamin C supplements will also be given.

"We have to extend the inoculation at the grassroots level by reaching out to those unreached," Lazatin said.

The mobile vaccination of seniors starts with an assessment by doctors and health workers of Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) and City Health Office (CHO) a day before their scheduled vaccination.

"This is to make sure that the bedridden seniors are ready, capable, and fit to receive the vaccine," RLMMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Froilan Canlas said.

These medical frontliners are also present inside the mobile bus during vaccination day.

Also inside the mobile bus owned by the City Government and Korean Association are complete medical equipment for the safe transport of the vaccines and for the safety of senior citizens.

Alongside the mobile bus are two ambulances and one mobile clinic utility vehicle.

According to Lazatin's Chief Adviser IC Calaguas, the mobile vaccination for the elderly will serve as preparation for his goal to conduct house-to-house inoculation and to reach Angeleños residing in far-flung areas such as Barangays Sapangbato and Margot.

To date, out of the 49,964 members of the elderly population in the city, 19,501 seniors received their first dose of vaccine, while 11,451 are already fully vaccinated.

The vaccination of the priority group of senior citizens is still ongoing.

It can be recalled that in November 2020, 462 bedridden seniors received P2,000 cash assistance and calcium carbonate supplements via door-to-door delivery. He started this program in 2019 as fulfillment to his campaign promise.

Amid the pandemic, the City Government also carried out a house-to-house distribution of Vitamin C to 25,000 indigent senior citizens.

Some 55,816 seniors also received P1,000 social amelioration financial assistance and Vitamin C from the City Government last May 2020.


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