The local government of Biñan City, Laguna reportedly deployed a vaccination boat for residents near Laguna de Bay. The floating vaccination station first arrived on October 6 in the coastal barangay of Malaban. The area was flooded following the rains brought by the typhoon in recent weeks.
“Nakikita namin na nahihirapan ang mga tao na malapit sa baybayin ng Laguna Lake at mga bahang lugar para makapunta sa mga vaccination sites,” City Health Office Disease Surveillance Officer Hans Kristian O. Lorenzana told Manila Bulletin. [Rough translation: We noticed that residents near the shores of Laguna Lake and other flooded areas have a hard time getting to the vaccination sites.]
The LGU had also initiated “Vax on Wheels” in covered courts, churches, and village function halls to expedite COVID-19 vaccine rollout. However, these could not reach the flooded locations. “Kaya lang mahirap naman kung Vax on Wheels kasi sila ‘yung mga lugar na lubog sa baha at tubig kaya mga balsa at bangka ang ginamit namin,” Lorenzana added. [Rough translation: However, it will be difficult for “Vax on Wheels” because they are the areas submerged in flood and water that’s why we used rafts and boats.]
A total of 173,607 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been reportedly distributed as of October 15. The LGU also distributed rice and grocery items to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
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