Bohol’s COVID-19 task force convenes; aims for Alert Level 1
TAGBILARAN CITY — The Bohol’s Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) for COVID-19 convened on Tuesday, April 25, to find ways to lower its coronavirus classification.
Dr. Yul Lopez of the Bohol Provincial Health Office clarified that the Level 2 classification is not an escalation from Level 1 since the province has always been classified as Level 2 since June 2022.
“It’s not alarming,” said Lopez in a phone interview on Wednesday.
The local government, he said, plans to conduct mass vaccination after the Department of Health (DOH) announced that the province remains under Alert Level 2.
Lopez said at least 84% of the general population of Bohol was inoculated and has surpassed the 70% target.
According to the data from DOH, only 43 percent of the senior citizens in Bohol were fully vaccinated.
A mass vaccination, especially for senior citizens, is the solution to de-escalate the province’s classification to Alert Level 1.
“We will make a strategy and campaign on how to convince senior citizens to get vaccinated to boost coverage rate among the elderly population,” Lopez said.
Bohol Gov. Aris Aumentado urged all residents to follow the minimum health protocols to ward off the dreaded virus.
“Wear a face mask, practice social distancing and hand washing,” he said.
Aumentado appealed to the people not yet inoculated to submit themselves to vaccination against COVID-19.
“Be vaccinated so we won’t fear COVID-19,” he said.
Aumentado said the province is bracing for huge crowds to attend fiestas which are celebrated daily in Bohol in May
As of April 26, Bohol has recorded 599 COVID-19 deaths. It has 18 active cases and 26,930 total registered cases.
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