Catanduanes has a total of six cases of Beta variant of the COVID-19 virus and five of the Alpha variant.
Thankfully, not a single Delta variant case has been detected so far in the island.
Among the six Bicol province, only Catanduanes and Camarines Norte have no Delta variant cases, while Camarines Sur has 11 of the total 23, with Albay having six, Masbata with five and Sorsogon with one.
In its press conference on the variants of concern last Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Bicol disclosed that the region now has a total of 109 local cases of the variants since the first cases here were reported on July 21.
It urged the public to protect themselves by following the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS), which it said are still the best preventive measures against all variants and mutations of COVID-19.
This reduces the chance of being infected or spreading the COVID-19 virus, the DOH said.
“By breaking the chain of transmission, it will also prevent the emergence of new mutations, which occur as the virus spreads from one person to another,” it declared, pointing out that both the Beta and Delta variants are highly transmissible.
To reduce the risk of getting infected, religiously practice wearing of face marks and face shields properly, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing of at least 1 meter, avoid poorly ventilated rooms, stay at home and refrain from all forms of social gatherings, the health department advised the public.
The DOH likewise appealed to priority groups to get themselves inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccines, adding that it is crucial for health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones from serious illness and death due to COVID-19.
As of Aug. 27, 2021, only nine percent, or 26,101 persons, of the 275,043 population on the island have gotten complete vaccination jabs.
This represents just 20 percent of the target population of 128,269 belonging to the priority A1, A2 and A3 categories.
So far, Catanduanes has received the lowest number of vaccine doses among the six Bicol provinces with just 68.256 as of Aug. 25. Only slightly larger is Camarines Norte’s allocation of 86,262.
Camarines Sur, which has the largest number of cases, leads with 323,876 delivered doses, followed by Albay with 251,482, Masbate with 140,050, and Sorsogon with 133,908.
By this time, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) must have completed a series of trainings for LGU end-users on the VaxCertPH system that will produce a COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate.
VaxCertPH is a portal and mobile app developed by the DICT for the Department of Health (DOH) for the issuance of digital vaccination certificates for vaccinated individuals in the country.
The app will get its vaccination data from lists submitted by LGUs the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS). It will provide proof that the vaccination certificate is authentic by using QR codes that can be scanned.
The VaxCertPH system is compliant with the pertinent guidelines of the World Health Organization.
THE UNFAITHFUL HUSBAND. A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello. He’s rather taken aback because he can’t place where he knows her from.
So he says, “Do you know me?”
To which she replies, “I think you’re the father of one of my kids.”
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, “My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery?”
She looks into his eyes and says calmly, “No, I’m your son’s teacher.”