UPLB has expanded its vaccination program to include dependents of its faculty and staff who live within the same household, and UPLB students who have been stranded in the campus and who live in the municipalities of Los Baños and Bay.
The expansion of the UPLB vaccine program is in line with the recently rolled-out national plan to extend vaccination to college students. According to UPLB Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto Cereno, UPLB received vaccine donations directly from the Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-A in time to implement the program expansion.
“Nagpapasalamat talaga kami, na ang DOH ay nagprovide ng ganitong doses para sa atin.” said VC Cereno. “And tamang-tama, kahapon ni-launch yung national vaccination ng students, quickly, in a day naka-respond tayo, and that’s because of the donation, allocation ng DOH ng bakuna natin.”
(We are thankful that DOH provided us these vaccine doses. It was timely because the national vaccination for students was launched yesterday and we were able to respond immediately.)
VC Cereno noted that the aim was to reach 100% vaccination of all UPLB constituents, their dependents, and all UPLB students. He was hopeful that come November to December of this year, all UPLB constituents and students, including those who went home to their respective provinces, would be able to get vaccines from their respective LGUs.
“This is in time, kung sakaling payagan na tayong mag-open ng (face-to-face) classes ng February 2022.”
(This is in time for the possible opening of face-to-face classes in February 2022). (Albert Geoffred B. Peralta)