Angeles City –With the opening of classes on Monday, the city government will roll out its Ronda Bakuna Bus project to administer the COVID-19 booster shots to all the teachers in the city’s 53 public schools.
Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. has announced that the drive has targeted the Angeles Elementary School on August 23 for a one-day vaccination activity.
The mayor said he wanted to ensure the safety of the teachers and the students amid the resumption of face-to-face classes.
“Ngayon pong magbabalik na ang face-to-face classes, we need to put a priority to the safety of everyone in the classroom setting,” Lazatin said.
Lazatin said the vaccination campaign was also in support of the Department of Education’s policy to require teaching personnel involved in the face-to-face classes to be vaccinated.
The Ronda Bakuna Bus will have on board doctors, nurses, medical technologists and health workers and support staff from City Health Office led by Dr. Verona Guevarra; Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Rodolfo Simeon; and Gender and Development Office led by Mina Cabiles.
According to Guevarra, it is recommended to take the booster shots in order to best stay protected from the virus.
“Open po [ito] for first and second shots ng booster. For those who have not yet receive their first booster shot, we will accommodate them too,” Guevarra said.
Angeles City Schools Division superintendent Ma. Irelyn Tamayo expressed her gratitude to the city government for caring for the health, safety, and welfare of the teachers and students; and to bring the vaccines closer to them.
Angeles was= the only local government unit to launched a mixed vaccination scheme — the Ronda Bakuna sa Barangay and the Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay.
This strategy was commended by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health.
To date, 403,187 city residents have already received their first dose; 379,275 are fully vaccinated; while 87,798 got their first booster shots; and 6,232 for second booster shots.