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House-to-house Covid-19 vaccination is good idea by DOH


House-to-house coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, according to the Department of Health (DOH), is a "good idea" for inoculating more individuals and reducing crowding in vaccination sites.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a Laging Handa briefing that if local government units (LGUs) have the means, they may do these house-to-house visits.

“Firstly, we can ensure that there won't be crowding, the public could just wait from their homes to get vaccinated. Secondly, they can identify those who were not yet able to get their shots," she said.

“That's a good strategy, if LGUs have the resources, they can do that)," she added.

In Metro Manila, local governments hope to vaccinate between 180,000 and 200,000 people throughout the region's cities and lone municipality. Vergeire believes that by doing so, the National Capital Region would be able to vaccinate 70% of its people by September.

“We support this and we are looking at how we can guide them on how we can better do this so that it can be something that can be used for us to protect our citizens from this Delta variant," she said.

While the region will be placed under enhanced community quarantine from August 6 to 20, Vergeire assured that vaccination efforts will continue. “We will continue this and actually increase the number of vaccinees so that we can get the protection against the variant as soon as possible," she added.

Following the danger of the highly contagious Delta strain, which has infected over 200 individuals in the Philippines, more community quarantine measures were implemented. Vergeire stated that the DOH cannot infer that the Delta form is presently being transmitted in the community until more evidence is gathered.

“At present, what we have is the local transmission where we can still see the link in every case that has undergone genome sequencing," she said.

“We will declare community transmission if we can provide evidence already that we cannot link these individuals to each other anymore," she added. 


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