Zamboanga City Partners With Doh, Pia For Covid-19 Vaccine Info Drive

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Zamboanga City is keen on supporting the national government in its endeavor to empower its constituents on the real score on initiatives undertaken to ensure the purchase of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

A year after the outbreak of the pandemic, Zamboanga City was able to maintain a low number of COVID-19 cases. Mayor Climaco attributed this to their stringent border control for individuals crossing or in transit to the city.

In an interview on Thursday, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said that they have partnered with the Philippine Informations Agency and the Department of Health for a series of information sessions with various communities in the city.

“From around 56% who are doubtful about the COVID-19 vaccination program, we also realize that at this time, there is an improved response through the city health office, DOH, and the PIA,” she said during the Network Briefing News with host Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.

Mayor Climaco said they were able to reach out to different sectors, including the Muslim community, the youth, and senior citizens. She stressed that there is a need for these sectors to be empowered in order to increase the number of the population willing to be vaccinated.

“They are hesitant about the side effects that they watch on television or they read from social media feeds [saying] that there will be adverse reactions,” she said.

In an interview on Thursday, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said that they have partnered with the Philippine Informations Agency and the Department of Health for a series of information sessions with various communities in the city.

“But based on what our doctors were saying, the adverse reactions per se are minimal such as body pains and headaches and some aches in isolated areas of the shoulder. But this is really 100% better than getting COVID-19,” she added.

Stringent border control remains a key strategy vs. COVID-19

A year after the outbreak of the pandemic, Zamboanga City was able to maintain a low number of COVID-19 cases. Mayor Climaco attributed this to their stringent border control for individuals crossing or in transit to the city.

“What is really important is we have to have really very strict border control. Subject to the IATF policies, we really require the RT-PCR testing,” she said as she expressed her gratitude to the frontliners who are enforcing the guidelines.

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