By Junex Doronio
MANILA – With its goal to wipe out the dreaded virus, retired military general and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Thursday said areas with more than 3,000 active cases of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) will be considered priority in the government’s vaccination effort next year.
“Lahat po ng mga tumaas nang mahigit 4,000 o 3,000 ang kanilang active cases, uunahin po natin ‘yan,” Galvez said.
He identified the priority areas as the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Cebu, Tacloban City, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.
Galvez disclosed that out of 110 million Filipinos, more than 35 million individuals will be prioritized to receive vaccines against Covid-19.
He said the government targets to vaccinate 60 to 70 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herd immunity or population immunity is a concept used for vaccination in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached.
Earlier, the vaccine czar said the priority list would come from the Department of Health (DOH) with the guidance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
He said that essential workers in the business sectors and government officials are also included.
“Ang pinakauna nga is healthcare workers at saka yung mga frontliners. Kasama po sa mga frontliner na ito ay mga police at sundalo, at saka ‘yung ating mga serviceman,” Galvez said.
He added: “Kasama rin po dito ang mga essential workers ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), DepEd (Department of Education), at government agencies, at ‘yung sinasabi nating vulnerable, poor communities.”
The retired military general who was entrusted by the President to become the vaccine czar instead of the DOH chief also assured the public that there will be no politics in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
“We will ensure na hindi po magiging pulitika ito dahil we want to save lives at saka ‘yung ating economy,” Galvez stressed. (AI/MTVN)