In response to the government’s declaration of the 3-day National Vaccination Drive against COVID-19 on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, UPLB intensified its partnership with the Los Baños Municipal Government, thereby helping achieve herd immunity in the municipality.
The joint effort spearheaded by the different units under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA) was able to inoculate 4,638 vaccines at the end of the 3-day vaccination drive.
The UPLB-MGLB partnership opened the vaccination hub to dependents of UPLB faculty and staff as well as those who came without prior schedule or “walk-ins.”
The vaccinees came from diverse age groups, mostly from the pediatric population, aged 12-17 years old.
Aside from the OVCCA which is headed by Vice Chancellor Roberto P. Cereno, the vaccination drive was a joint effort with various UPLB offices that deployed their personnel to provide support services.
These are the University Planning and Maintenance Office, Information Technology Center, Department of Human Kinetics, University Housing Office, University Police Force, and the Online Health Monitoring System Committee.
The medical and ancillary staff of the University Health Service (UHS) played major roles in this initiative.
The close coordination between Dr. Myla Lourdes R. Avena, UHS deputy director, who is also the lead logistics coordinator of UPLB Resbakuna activities, and Dr. Alvin A. Isidoro and his team allowed for an organized execution of the vaccination activities. Dr. Isidoro is the Los Baños Municipal Health Officer.
Since the beginning of the Resbakuna drive on April 22, Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr. has offered the E.B. Copeland Gymnasium to serve as the UPLB Vaccination Hub. (MCWagan-Zafaralla)