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WADPALO, Leyte - World AIDS day was first observed on December 1, 1988, to raise awareness on the alarming rise Human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) among individuals worldwide. It was since then that the world observed annually.

The theme of this years’ World AIDS Day observance is “End inequalities. End AIDS and End Pandemics”, with a special focus on reaching people left behind.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the main agenda this year is to highlight the growing inequalities in access to essential HIV services around the world. It further states that the division, disparity, and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis.

Moreover, WHO also adds that now COVID-19 is exacerbating inequities and disruptions to services, making the lives of many people living with HIV more challenging.

This year, WHO and AIDS organizations are calling on global leaders and citizens to rally to confront these inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), is a virus that basically attacks cells in the human body that help the body fight infection, thereby making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases.

maasin city vaxxPALO, Leyte - Residents of Maasin City in Southern Leyte positively responded to the call of the government to the 3-day National Immunization Days for COVID 19.

Through the active and dynamic leadership of City Mayor Nacional “Nikko” Mercado, residents of the city went on their way to the vaccination sites for them to be immunized against the COVID19.

Mayor Nikko responded to the call of the government particularly Memorandum Circular (MC) 2021-128 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government on November 23, 2021.

The MC enjoins all Local Government Units (LGUs) to ramp up vaccination coverage nationwide to fight the current COVID 19 pandemic. The three-day campaign was declared as National COVID-19 Vaccination Days.

This massive vaccination drive aims to increase vaccine coverage and mobilize stakeholders from every sector to support the national government’s goal of giving Filipinos a safe and healthy Christmas.

The 3-day mass immunization against the disease kicked off on November 29 and will last until December 1, 2021, it calls on all Filipinos to live out the spirit of Bayanihan and participate in the “Bayanihan Bakunahan: Ligtas. Lakas. Buong Pinas” campaign.

The DOH through Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire shared that “protecting our health through vaccination will increase our confidence to go out and see our loved ones this Christmas, as well as ensure a safe return to work.

So we encourage every eligible individual, especially our Lolo and Lola, and our loved ones who have underlying medical conditions who are not yet vaccinated, to take advantage of these National Vaccination Days and get your jabs done.

Meanwhile, the City of Maasin is one of the 5 LGUs in Southern Leyte who topped in their vaccination efforts to reach the 70% minimum coverage of getting herd immunity.

Tacloban City vaccinationPALO, Leyte - The Tacloban City Health Office headed by Dr. Gloria Enriquez- Fabrigas is all set for the National Immunization Days for COVID 19 dubbed Bayanihan Bakunahan.

The campaign is the government's efforts to increase vaccination coverage to at least 70% which is the minimum acceptable herd immunity. Herd immunity is the proportion of the general population being protected either by getting the disease or through vaccination.

The vaccination campaign will run for 3 days starting today November 29 until December 1, 2021. It will target both 18 years old and above and those 12-17 years old adolescents without co-morbidity.

In Tacloban City, the campaign aims to vaccinate 12,800 per day for the 3-day run in all Tacloban City residents said Dr Fabrigas.

Earlier, Tacloban City strategized to reach more Taclobanons to be immunized by opening the Tacloban City Convention Center or Tacloban Astrodome, the city’s mega vaccination center and other key areas in the city.

vax for cabucgayanPALO, Leyte - The municipality of Cabucgayan in Biliran was all its way in the conduct of Bayanihan, Bakunahan, a 3-day National Immunization Days for COVID 19.

This is in response to Memorandum Circular No. 2021-128 issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government on November 23, 2021, on National Immunization Days for COVID-19 for all local government units (LGUs).
The massive vaccination drive aims to increase vaccine coverage and mobilize stakeholders from every sector to support the national government’s goal of giving Filipinos a safe and healthy Christmas.

The municipality of Cabucgayan mobilizes all volunteers and health workers in the conduct of this national vaccination says. #NPC-CPD
Eastern Samar vaxPALO, Leyte - The municipalities of Can-avid and Maydolong in Eastern Samar topped vaccination coverage in the province.

Can-avid got 73.4% while Maydolong got 70.8% achieving the minimum threshold of at least 70% vaccination coverage, based on a report released on Monday, November 29, 2021.

To date, both municipalities have a full vaccination status between 45-53%, respectively.

Herd immunity as has been defined is the proportion of individuals getting protected either by getting the disease or by vaccination.

With the 3 days National Immunization Days for COVID 19, the two municipalities will increase their proportion of the population having at least one vaccination and achieving 70% or more coverage of fully vaccinated individuals.

Alangalang vaccinationPALO, Leyte - The municipality of Alangalang in Leyte on Monday, November 29, 2021, joined launching of the the 3-day National Immunization Days (NID) against Covid-19 dubbed Bayanihan Bakunahan.

The NID for Covid-19 will run from November 29 until December 1, 2021.

The municipality of Alang-alang, Leyte thru the leadership of Mayor Lovell Ann Yu, herself a registered nurse open at least 3 more vaccinations sites in her municipality.