Vaccination campaign in Luzviminda. | Photo courtesy of Dr. Rebs Andal

Puerto Princesa City has stepped up its vaccination drive and has set its sights on covering remote rural barangays, following the arrival of its purchased vaccine shots last week.

Dr. Ric Panganiban, chief of the Puerto Princesa City Covac Program, in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon, said they will hold vaccinations next week in the rural villages of Marufinas, Panggangan, Cabayugan, and Inagawan.

“Sa Martes (August 3), next week, ay nasa Marufinas and Panggangan. Sa Huwebes (August 5) ay sa Cabayugan cluster. Then sa Saturday (August 7) ay sa Inagawan. ‘Yan ang schedule namin next week, pero syempre depende pa ‘yan kung may emergency kami na dapat gawin,” Panganiban said.

The city has so far accomplished 10 percent of its total target of inoculating at least 145,000 city residents. As of July 22, it record showed 14,750 residents having completed their second dose, while 28,419 were administered with their first dose, using a combination of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and Janssen.

The Department of Health (DOH), in the latest tally as of July 29, showed that the country overall has only reached 3.67 percent of Filipinos vaccinated.

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