9,537 workers in the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) have already received their COVID-19 vaccination one month after the 1Bataan FABakuna Center (FABakuna Center) was launched under the FABayanihan program of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB). Of which, 3,049 workers have been fully vaccinated while 6,488 are just waiting for the second dose.

Meanwhile, the AFAB continues to urge more FAB workers to take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated as the provincial government continues to provide vaccine allocation to increase protection against the threat posed by COVID-19 variants. As of 11 August 2021, 900 Astrazeneca, 2,902 Johnson & Johnson, 649 Moderna, and 2,184 Sinovac doses were received and administered in the FABakuna Center where 400 to more than 900 people are vaccinated daily.

Through its own system, the AFAB ensures that registration and scheduling are organized and properly coordinated. Only those with confirmed schedules are allowed to proceed to the site to maintain social distancing and smooth flow of the vaccination process. As a result, the FABakuna Center is now the 11th of the 23 vaccination sites in Bataan in terms of the number of individuals vaccinated given that it only launched four weeks ago according to the last report from the Provincial Government of Bataan (PGB) on 12 August 2021. With this, the AFAB wholeheartedly expresses it gratitude to the volunteers of FABakuna Center team and those in charge of the site’s operation.

The AFAB and its partners are also targeting to increase the number of workers being vaccinated to 2,000 per day to immediately achieve the attempted herd immunity for FAB. To do this, the Authority continuously seeks and recruits volunteers from its enterprises and partners to further strengthen its vaccination team by having additional vaccinators and encoders.

It is expected that there will be further improvement in the process at the FABakuna Center with the expertise of Dr. Noel Bernardo, AFAB’s new medical consultant, who is now guiding the Agency’s initiatives when it comes to COVID-19.

“Ang pagpapabakuna… hindi lang po ‘yan paraan para protektahan ang inyong [ating] sarili. Paraan ‘yan para protektahan ‘yung [ang] mga kasama ninyo sa bahay, ‘yung [ang] kapamilya ninyo, mga kasama sa trabaho at ‘yung [ang] buong komunidad…It is an expression of love,” (Getting vaccinated… isn’t only to protect ourselves. It is also a way to protect those you live with, your family, colleagues, and the whole community… It is an expression of love) Dr. Bernaldo said during the AFAB's recent virtual general assembly.

He further explained that based on the evidences gathered in studies, vaccination is the most effective way to end a pandemic.

“Kung hindi tayo magpapabakuna, matagal-tagal pa po talaga ‘yung [ang] laban natin dito…Sulitin po natin ngayong ECQ na nakakulong ang mga tao… ‘Pag mabigyan ng pagkakataon, magpabakuna na po tayo,” (We are prolonging our fight against COVID-19 by not getting vaccinated. Let’s take advantage of the ECQ where most people are stuck indoors. When given a chance, get vaccinated.) the public health consultant pleaded.

Dr. Bernaldo also emphasized that the AFAB will ensure that people's health and safety and will not be endangered at the FABakuna Center.

The 1Bataan FABakuna Center is the second initiative under FABayanihan made possible by the collective efforts of the AFAB, PGB, Bataan Provincial Health Office (PHO), Mariveles District Hospital (MDH), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital (MMWGH), and Earth & Shore Group of Companies.

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