As the 3-day nationwide vaccination drive came to an end on December 1, 2021, let us express our gratitude to those who made it possible. Every bit of help is needed as Cagayan de Oro opened at least 30 vaccination sites where people flocked to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Volunteers from various sectors, organizations, and even individuals participate in this vaccination drive to save lives. It exemplifies every Filipino's "Bayanihan" spirit who wishes to see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to one of the volunteers, Xavier Sismar,
"It was an excellent opportunity for me because I want to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Even though it was exhausting, it was well worth it when you consider how many people we assisted during this three-day vaccination drive."
The 4th year Student Nurses of Liceo de Cagayan University have also volunteered at this event. They assisted and assessed each individual both before and after they received their vaccinations.
According to the local government's data, between November 29 and 30, a total of 53,631 jabs were recorded by the city. This is a significant improvement, as it is believed that the decrease in daily COVID-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro is attributable to the increased vaccination rate. Most importantly, it would expedite the city's course to herd immunity.
Let us all get vaccinated so that we can protect not only ourselves but also each other. If we're already vaccinated, let us still not forget to follow health and safety precautions because this pandemic isn't going away anytime soon, especially with the threat Omicron variant.
Photos courtesy of Maira Caro, Xavier Sismar, City Scholars Office volunteers, & CDO Bayanihan volunteers