DOH official pushes for home vaccinations for seniors

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — One of the best ways to boost the COVID-19 vaccination rates among senior citizens is by vaccinating them at home, a Department of Health official said Wednesday.

As of August 2, only 32% of the country's senior citizens are fully vaccinated, according to DOH Director Beverly Ho.

"One of the really best practices is iyong pagpunta sa mga seniors sa kanilang mga bahay para hindi na po sila mahirapan," Ho said during the Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: One of the really best practices is going to the homes of seniors so they will no longer have a hard time getting their shots.]

Another good strategy is to set up an area in barangay halls where elderly people - who are unfamiliar with technology - could secure a vaccination slot, she added.

Filipinos usually have to register online to access free COVID-19 vaccines.

Ho said there is a need to immunize more senior citizens as fast as possible, arguing those above 60 years old account for "more than 60%" of the coronavirus-related deaths in the country.