Iloilo Provincial Government is ramping up vaccination for Ilonggos in the province with the launching of regular COVID-19 vaccination in two sites.
Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) announced that beginning Monday, January 10, there will be regular COVID-19 vaccination at West Visayas State University (WVSU) Cultural Center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at Robinsons Place Pavia in Ungka every Tuesday and Thursday
The inoculation starts at 8 AM and is open to the public. There is no need for pre-registration as walk-ins are allowed.
In a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon, head of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), appealed to the public to get vaccinated.
“I am encouraging everyone, for those who are not vaccinated, inoculation is ongoing in our municipalities. There is no reason not to get vaccinated,” Quiñon said.
Aside from vaccination, Ilonggos are also encouraged to stay home and limit their non-essential trips outside as cases are on the rise amid the Omicron variant threat.
Quiñon said that the malls were filled with people during the holidays but since the vacation is over, then it would be better if the residents would shift to “rest mode”.
“As of now there is a big chance that these symptoms such as runny nose could be already Omicron only they were not tested. Who knows we probably have a local transmission,” she said in an online press conference.
Quiñon added that since the symptoms are mild such as runny nose, body pain, and slight fever, then it can be mistaken as flu but possibly be the Omicron variant.
“If they will continue to go out, then they will just be spreading the virus,” she said, emphasizing those vaccinated and with a strong immune system may survive but at risk are the elderly, especially the unvaccinated.