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Religious anti-vaxxers hinder jab efforts in Cordilleras

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Reports from a health official in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) indicate that some communities in Apayao and Kalinga have been influenced by religious groups into refusing to get their Covid19 vaccine.


Department of Health (DOH) CAR assistant director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan stated that certain Christian and evangelical sects are the culprits behind promoting anti-vaccination sentiments among the people in those areas.


They espouse the belief that “God provides everything” in a literal, scientifically antagonistic, sense which has made the people question why they need to get jabbed.


As a result, residents of the towns of Connor and Tanudan, in Apayao and Kalinga respectively, are divided in terms of reception to inoculation.


Meanwhile, Pangilinan added, other provinces in the region are also experiencing vaccine hesitancy but this time due to traditional Cordillera beliefs, wherein the elderly are giving up their jab slots in order for their younger family members to receive it instead.


“They believe they have reached the point of their lives when they can be sacrificed for as long as the new generation is safe,” DOH CAR regional information officer Wyb Spud Lumpias explained.


Data from November 23 indicated that around 51% of Apayao’s total population has been fully vaccinated, while Kalinga is at 39%.


Baguio City, on the other hand, achieved herd immunity with 80% of its total residents having completed their immunization against Covid19 as of November 22.


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