DOH eyes COVID vaccination during Holy Week

A woman getting vaccinated in Pasig City. Photo: Pasig Information Office/FB
A woman getting vaccinated in Pasig City. Photo: Pasig Information Office/FB

Looks like the Department of Health (DOH) plans to power through the traditionally sacred Holy Week after it announced that it plans to request government and private health facilities to continue vaccinating the public against COVID-19.

DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said that the request would depend on whether local government units would allow the resumption of inoculation activities amid Holy Week and on weekends.

The health undersecretary noted that it would be usual to halt vaccination efforts between Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, which are sacred days in the Catholic tradition.

Roman Catholics are estimated to make up about 86 percent of the country’s population.

The undersecretary said that the health department was hopeful that vaccination activities would return to normal after Holy Week.

Meanwhile, Cabotaje also said that vaccination centers in Mindanao, home to the country’s largest Muslim population, will also likely be closed or operating on half-days due to Ramadan which begins in April.

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