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Iloilo helpers, traders to be inoculated

The Iloilo City government will include household helpers and market traders in its Covid 19 vaccination drive, an official said Wednesday.

Jeck Conlu, spokesperson for the city Covid-19 team,  said employers are encouraged to register their house helpers with their barangay to avail of the inoculation.

“They are the ones who always go out of the houses. Once or twice a month they go home to the province and when they come back some already have symptoms,” Conlu said.

He also said that a small team of vaccinators will visit various markets to inoculate traders, especially those coming from outside of the city.

Asked if they have guidelines for those who will refuse inoculation, Conlu said there is none but the city government is encouraging vendors to get their jabs for their safety and of their customers.

The vaccination rollout will start today at the Iloilo Terminal Market, the city’s main trading post, while mega vaccination sites at Robinsons Jaro and SM City for walk-in city residents will open Monday.

Residents who want to avail the vaccination  only need to show their valid identification as proof that they are residents of the city to avail of the vaccination.

To reach out to more eligible population, the city government started its barangay-based vaccination program on last month, prioritizing thickly populated villages.

Teams are holding house-to-house vaccination for those unable to go to barangay gymnasiums.

Already on its third day, teams of vaccinators are currently in Barangays Sambag, Ungka, Cubay, Lanit and Balabago in Jaro district; Ingore in La Paz; and East Baluarte and North Baluarte in Molo.

As of yesterday, 274, 495 or 52.28 percent of the 525,000 target population have availed of their first dose while 27.24 percent or 143, 025 were fully vaccinated.*PNA

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