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Herd immunity nearing in Mariveles parish 


Mayor Jocelyn Castaneda fully supports the Bakuna Bubble sa Parokya program of Bishop Ruperto Santos.


MARIVELES, Bataan – Bishop Ruperto C. Santos on Sunday announced that members of various organizations in  the Parish Church of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino here are almost full inoculated with vaccines against the coronavirus disease.

“We can say that our parish has attained herd immunity. The mandated organizations and workers of our parish are almost completely vaccinated,” the bishop of the Diocese of Balanga and parish priest of the  Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church said.

Vaccination at the St, Nicholas of Tolentino Church. Photos courtesy of Mariveles LGU

Parish secretary Ruby M. Busa reported that fully inoculated were members of the Catholic Women’s League – 32, altar servers – 21, registration committee – 9, parish youth ministry, social communication – 6, and cofradias – 29.

Extraordinary ministers distributing holy communion has 34 of its 35 members already fully vaccinated, ministry of lectors and commentators – 33 of 36, Apostolado ng Panalangin – 86 of 112, Mother Butler Mission Guild – 16 of 17, Couples for Christ – 36 of 38, catechists – 7 of 9.

Also fully inoculated were 26 of 27 usherettes, El Shaddai – 25 of 32, Sambayanan choir – 26 of 27 and Fiat choir – 22 of 29, Busa said.

Bishop Santos said their Bakuna Bubble sa Parokya program launched Sept. 18, 2021 and continued every Saturday thereafter received full cooperation from both church workers and parishioners.

Vaccination takes place after the Saturday 4 p.m. Holy Mass.

For eight weeks since September 18, there were 592 parishioners and church workers who have received vaccine doses with 267 given the first jab and 325 the second dose under the pop-up vaccination at the Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church.

The program that the Bataan bishop described as pop-in or pop-up vaccination is about going to church, undergoing vaccination, being safe and saving others from the pandemic. “Sama-sama sa Santa Misa, sama-sama sa bakuna,” he said.

Those desiring to go to church and be inoculated have to go personally to the parish office or apply online.

“It is our act of compassion, we care. We are concerned with your well-being and welfare. It is our service to our people in solidarity to the provincial inter-agency task force,” the prelate told the parishioners and those who have been jabbed, thanking them for their cooperation.

“Glory to our Almighty God and gratitude to our local government unit headed by Mayor Jocelyn Castaneda and Vice Mayor Lito Rubia.  We help and we heal. We are safe and we save,” the bishop said.

He also thanked nurse Annie Reyes of the Mariveles Rural Health Unit and Jojit Madahan for their dedication that led to the success of the vaccination program.

“We will now adapt ‘Bakuna Bubble sa Parokya sa mga Bata’ while observing and following the IATF vaccine protocols for children,” Santos  said.



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