Marikina aligning school thrusts with DoH

The Marikina City government will present its school plan to the Department of Health (DoH) in line with the resumption of face-to-face classes for the upcoming school year.

“We have a school plan that we want to present to the DoH and validate if our strategy would be in conformity with their protocol,” Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said.

He explained that with the new normal, local government executives concern themselves not only with retrofitting school facilities but also with ensuring compliance with health protocols.

“Not only on the wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing,” Teodoro said referring to the protocols. “We would to develop a resilient healthcare system — our primary healthcare system,” he added.

Teodoro said they will also vaccinate and give booster shots against the coronavirus disease to individuals who are not residents of Marikina as part of the city government’s preparations for the in-person classes.

“The purpose of this program is really to sustain the gains that we have achieved. We could extend a helping hand to them, especially the adjacent localities and areas,” he said.

Data from the Marikina City Health Office showed that 146.09 percent of the city’s general population have been given booster shots. Of this number, 71.01 percent have received first booster shots, while 14.14 percent second booster doses.

On the other hand, 124.57 percent of senior citizens are fully vaccinated against the dreaded diseases, with 90.68 percent with first booster shots and 41.47 percent with second boosters.

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