The Provincial Health Office continues its campaign to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates, as disinformation continues to be a persistent problem among Boholanos, especially on COVID-19 booster vaccines.

As part of the Provincial Government of Bohol’s Civil Action Program, PHO offers free COVID-19 vaccinations and health consultations about the vaccine. Vaccination Educator Cristine Sajonia emphasized on dispelling myths about the vaccine and equipping vaccinators the right information to convince more people to get vaccinated, especially in remote areas of the province. Sajonia admits that disinformation is an occurring problem in social media, as incorrect information on Boosters is rampant on Facebook.

“It’s all about equipping health workers what’s the right thing to answer when asked about vaccines. For RHU, they have health councilors that trains health workers on how to educate Boholanos on what they can benefit from getting the boosters, especially in building a strong immune system against COVID-19,” Sajonia said.

PHO is currently doing information education campaigns to dispel COVID-19 disinformation. DR. Emerson Mateo, Provincial Health officer 1, says they are focusing on boosting vaccination rates for senior citizens as they remain the demographic with the lowest vaccination rates. Dr. Mateo added that more COVID-19 information programs will happen for the rest of the year, such as school visits, seminars with Office of Senior Citizens Association, and microplanning for vaccination targets in the province.

Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado visited the Civic Action Program in Brgy. Bayawahan, Sevilla on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and gave out 500 pesos as an incentive for individuals who willingly got vaccinated during the event.