IN a bid to hasten vaccination rollout, the city of Baguio has hired some 60 additional vaccination personnel in addition to supplementation of vaccinators from uniformed personnel, such as the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).
City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said that in addition to the 60 additional vaccination personnel hired by the city, the city has also hired 34 more contact tracers, six encoders, five swab testers, and 10 nurses to supplement its anti-COVID efforts.
Additionally, new vaccination sites have been put up to cater to Baguio residents and decongest the four primary vaccination sites of Saint Louis University’s open gymnasium, Saint Louis Center beside St. Vincent, University of Baguio’s gymnasium, and the SM Baguio mall parking area.
The new sites at the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) will cater to residents of Atok trail and Loakan; the new site at the Divine Mercy Church will cater to residents of Atab, Mines View and Pacdal; and Elpidio Quirino Elementary School for Irisan residents.
These are in addition to other satellite vaccination sites including the University of the Cordilleras High School Department, used for vaccinees from Barangay City Camp; Loakan Airport, which currently serves as a drive-through vaccination site; the Baguio City National High School (BCNHS), which caters specifically to teachers; and the Baguio Country Club.
At the same time, the city is also running its mobile vaccination program for individuals who cannot leave their homes, which has administered 340 vaccines thus far.