ELDERLY PDLS, WITH COMORBIDITY INOCULATED AGAINST COVID-19

BAGUIO CITY – (01 July 2021) – Ensuring no one is left behind, the City Health Services Office inoculated at least 65 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the city’s male and female jail dormitories for their first dose of vaccine as protection against the coronavirus disease 2019.

CHSO Medical Officer IV Dandeo Halog administered the vaccine to 61 male and four female PDLS who are senior citizens and with comorbidities on June 29, 2021 inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the city.

“We followed the priority list of the Department of Health in administering the vaccination of our PDLs who are seniors and with comorbidities upon the request of our BJMP officials,” Halog explained.

According to Jail Officer I Jasmine Domacyon, duty nurse at the BJMP Male Dorm, six have been deferred for vaccination due to high blood pressure among others.

Domacyon said the male dormitory houses 305 PDLs and is presently has zero case of COVID-19.

Jail Officer I Ann Boado, duty nurse at the BJMP Female Dormitory also said they have zero case of COVID among the 75 total female PDLs.

Seventeen of the female PDLs have comorbidities but were on the wait list due to limited supply of vaccine.

Since the implementation of the community quarantine, the BJMP disallowed face-to-face visitations but intensified its e-dalaw or online visit scheme by integrating webinars and online therapy sessions. The e-dalaw program started in 2012. – Jessa Samidan