Mainit, Surigao Norte launches intensive vaccine info drive vs fake news

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar and Mainit, Surigao del Norte Mayor Crisanta Mondano

Mainit, Surigao del Norte Mayor Crisanta Mondano on Thursday said the municipal government had to intensify its information drive on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine to dispel worries of some senior citizens who are still afraid of getting inoculated against the virus.

In an interview over Network Briefing News, Mondano admitted that many senior citizens in Mainit are afraid of taking the COVID-19 vaccine shots believing that the jabs might lead to death.

“Not everyone is excited because there are lots of negative messages in the social media. Pero ‘yung mga nabakunahan na, the total is more than 1,000 na from A1, A2, A3. Sa A1, 78 percent na ‘yung nabakunahan, sa A2, sa mga senior citizens marami pa ‘yung hindi nabakunahan, and for A3, ongoing ang vaccination,” Mondano revealed.

She added that the local government has launched an intensive information campaign about COVID-19 vaccine to counter the proliferation of false information on social media.

“Those who did not submit for vaccination, ‘yung mga naapektuhan ng mga negatibong sabi-sabi sa social media—sinabi na ‘pag dalawang taon mamamatay na [ang nabakunahan]—we are conducting an information campaign particularly those among the senior citizens, because the percentage of those vaccinated among the senior citizens is not high, it’s low.

“In fact, there is a house-to-house campaign na ginawa namin, and there were even some who came to the office and asked me, ‘Mayor, totoo ba ‘yung mga sabi-sabi sa social media na within two years mamamatay na sila?’ Sabi ko, ‘Those are fake news, you have to submit to vaccination’,” Mondano shared.

According to the lady mayor, the municipal government even offered free sacks of rice to persuade the senior citizens that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are even telling them, those senior citizens na who could be fully vaccinated, we will be giving them bugas (rice) so that they will be encouraged to be vaccinated,” Mondano said.

The town of Mainit currently has four active COVID-19 cases from a total of 30 confirmed cases recorded since the pandemic began.

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