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Philippine heath workers bring vaccines to the housebound in Manila suburb

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By Peter Blaza and Jay Ereno
MANILA, Philippines, May 5 (Reuters) - Going door-to-door in
a Manila suburb, Philippines health workers administered
COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday to those unable to visit
clinics due to illness or old age as part of efforts to protect
more vulnerable groups in the area.
The Philippines is battling one of the worst coronavirus
outbreaks in Southeast Asia, with the capital region, an urban
sprawl of 16 cities that is home to at least 13 million people,
the epicentre for the latest wave of infections.
In Marikina City, east of central Manila, residents unable
to make it to inoculation centres can register for vaccinations.
"Other people are afraid of being vaccinated, but I am not
afraid. I want it," said Ederlina Barrida Paraiso, 81, speaking
just after receiving a shot of the Chinese vaccine developed by
Sinovac Biotech.
The rollout of vaccinations in the Philippines has been far
slower than in many neighbouring countries and, adding to the
obstacles, many people appear reluctant to get a shot.
A survey conducted by Pulse Asia in February and March found
six out of 10 Filipinos were unwilling to be vaccinated due to
safety concerns.
The medical team in Marikina City aims to vaccinate more
than 520 bedridden individuals, although admits the number of
registrations is still low.
Marian Magno, a doctor at Marikina City's health office,
said ensuring that such vulnerable people get vaccinated was
vital to limit their health risks and since many lived in
extended households with multiple generations.
"This is important because they might not go out of their
houses, but people around them go in and out of their homes,"
said Magno.
"With this initiative, they can also be protected from
COVID," she added.

(Writing by Ed Davies
Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

Philippine heath workers bring vaccines to the housebound in Manila suburb
 

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