October 12, 2021 - As countries around the world gear up against the threat of the COVID-19 particularly on the surge of Delta variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended every nation to speed up vaccination to achieve herd immunity. Accordingly, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) ramped up its effort to safeguard the health and safety of its personnel and clienteles by vaccinating its workforce.
The efforts started last May 2021 through coordination and participation in the various vaccination drives organized by the Local Government Units (LGUs). To date, 98% (83 personnel) were fully vaccinated, 1% (1 staff) received the 1st dose and the other 1% (1 staff) remained unvaccinated due to conditions requiring medical expert advice. The total number of workforce, including its janitorial and security services (Table 1).
Table 1. List of Vaccinated BAFS Personnel
The BAFS continues to intensify its protective measures against COVID-19 transmission by strictly implementing social distancing, wearing of face mask and face shield, carrying out temperature checks and provision of alcohol and/or sanitizers. Likewise, intensive daily and weekly disinfection of its workplace are conducted compliant with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious standards.
Because of these efforts, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) recognized the unrelenting and consistent efforts rendered by the BAFS personnel inoculation to ensure uninterrupted government service and contribute to the much-desired herd immunity. The CSC appreciation was issued on September 27, 2021 at the CSC Central Office, Constitution Hills, Diliman, Quezon City. ###