In the spirit of advancing the vaccination of thousands of older adults around the island, the Department of Health in alliance with VOCES Coalition for Immunization and Health Promotion began the route, VacuTour COVID-19, visiting four municipalities simultaneously, managing to inoculate 3,372 people of the golden age.
“Today we inject more than a vaccine, we inject hope into our people. Faced with so much anxiety caused by the pandemic, we were able to give it a break and those who need it most. Today, we again show that when we come together we can achieve better results. I am convinced that this is the beginning of a new stage in the vaccination of Puerto Rico that will be successful, ”said the secretary, Carlos Mellado López.
He also added, “For Governor Pierluisi, vaccination is a priority and we will continue to establish strategies that allow us to carry out a more agile and proactive vaccination. I am grateful to VOCES and all the collaboration received from the mayors of the municipalities visited and the municipal staff who gave us a hand to inoculate our older adults, ”he said.
Today people were impacted by appointment granted by the municipalities at the TAO Center of the Ricky Martin Foundation, Cataño Convention Center,
Teatro América in Vega Baja and at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina.
“At VOCES, Coalition for Immunization and Health Promotion of PR, we thank the Department of Health for the trust placed in us as a non-profit organization for this alliance. Since we began to vaccinate a month ago, we have immunized over 15 thousand older adults against COVID-19, and we are ready to continue with the VacuTour together with the Vaccination Program of the Department of Health. With the experience in mass and community vaccinations, we will provide access to immunization to more people with the respect and affection that characterizes us. Thanks to the municipalities and the Ricky Martin Foundation for joining this initiative that has allowed us to impact more people in communities surrounding their centers, ”said Lilliam Rodríguez Capó, CEO and founder of VOCES.
This initiative was joined by volunteers from the College of Surgeons of Puerto Rico, the College of Nursing, the organization of Women Leaders, students from NUC University and EDP College, and the Ricky Martin Foundation.
Dr. Antonia Coello Novello emphasized that “our seniors are our priority. It is the most vulnerable population and is the sector with the highest mortality rate due to the contagion of COVID-19. To achieve herd immunity, more than 70%, preferably 85% vaccinated people would be needed. When I look at the positivity of older people, it ranges from seventeen percent to twenty-five percent, so our older adults remain our priority. It is the most vulnerable population and is the sector with the highest mortality rate due to the contagion of COVID-19 ″, assured Dr. Antonia Novello, 14th US surgeon general and spokesperson for VOCES.
“I want to thank the Secretary of Health Dr. Carlos Mellado, Dr. Antonia Coello, the VOCES organization and all those who have made it possible for the Tau Center to be a space for the vaccination of our people. With will, effort and love great things are achieved for Puerto Rico that needs us so much ”, expressed Ricky Martin.
The Department of Health emphasized the use of the mask, physical distancing and hand washing, while we achieved total immunity from the vaccine.
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