Go assures LGUs on national gov’t support in acquiring sufficient vaccines

Go assures LGUs on national gov’t support in acquiring sufficient vaccines

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — As local government units (LGUs) exert efforts to acquire vaccines
against COVID-19 for their constituents, Senator Christopher Lawrence
“Bong” Go assured them that the national government will provide the
support necessary so that critical areas can be provided vaccines
despite the limited global supply for COVID-19 doses.

“Marami na pong gustong mag-order ng bakuna na mga LGUs. Kaya lang ang
problema po—supply. Ang may prayoridad po sa ngayon ay ‘yung mga…
ay ‘yung national government. Eh kasi ang national government po ang
pumipirma po doon sa Indemnification Agreement,” explained Go.

“So, sila po ‘yung nabibigyan ng priority dahil unang-una, halimbawa
‘yung sa COVAX Facility, mula po ‘yon sa WHO (World Health
Organization) ay inuuna po ‘yung mga national government natin para
ma-prioritize kaagad ‘yung mga nasa priority list – frontliners,
senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, itong mga economic
frontliners. So tuluy-tuloy po ‘yan,” he added.

Earlier this year, Go expressed his support for a Senate resolution
allowing local government units to buy their own COVID-19 vaccines for
their constituents. With the guidance of the national government, Go
said that this should expedite the process of procuring sufficient
supply of safe and effective vaccines for all Filipinos.

While the supplies of LGUs which procured their own doses are yet to
arrive, Go urged them to utilize those provided by the national
government and ensure that they are distributed efficiently in their
respective localities.

“So, sa ngayon, nakikiusap po ako sa LGUs habang hindi pa po
dumarating ang inyong supply, ay unahin n’yo po ang supply ng national
at iturok kaagad… Pagdating turok kaagad, ayusin n’yo po ‘yung
deployment,” said Go, urging these LGUs to strictly follow the
priority list of the national vaccination program.

“Magtulungan po tayo. Hindi po kayang gawin ng national government
lang ito. Nasa kamay po ng LGUs ‘yung pagdeploy ng bakuna, ‘yung
priority list dapat masunod pa rin. Kung maaari po, suyurin n’yo po,
puntahan n’yo ‘yung mga bahay ng mga kababayan natin, ‘yung mga senior
citizens na takot pong lumabas. Puntahan n’yo po ang mga bahay doon
n’yo po i-encourage na magpabakuna,” he said.

Go also urged the public, particularly individuals belonging to the
priority groups, not to fear the vaccine and get inoculated.

“Sa mga senior citizens naman, nasa priority list naman kayo,
magpabakuna na po kayo para makalabas po kayo. Habang hindi kayo
bakunado, mas mahihirapan kayo, nakakulong kayo diyan sa inyong mga
bahay. Kaya sa mga senior citizens na nasa priority list, please avail
of the vaccines,” said Go.

“Huwag n’yo na pong ipagpaliban ang inyong karapatan na magpabakuna.
Nasa inyo na po ang bola ngayon na dapat na ho kayong magpabakuna,” he
added.

Go also said that President Rodrigo Duterte has already instructed the
Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to immediately
deploy vaccines to high risk areas amid reports of rising COVID-19
cases in some localities.

“Pinabigyan na po ng priority ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga probinsya.
So, ibig sabihin nito, lahat po lalung-lalo na ‘yung medyo nasa
critical stage, yung mga tumataas po ‘yung kaso… ay pinapa-priority ni
Pangulo,” said Go.

Go also shared some updates regarding the national vaccination
program. According to him, more than 8.4 million doses have been
administered so far while the country has already received 14.2
million COVID-19 doses from various sources. An additional 11 million
vaccines are expected to arrive in July.

“Ulitin ko, mga kababayan ko, magtiwala ho kayo sa bakuna. Huwag ho
kayong matakot sa bakuna. Ang bakuna po ang solusyon o susi para
unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay at makamtan
natin, maabot natin ang herd immunity,” said Go.

“Ang target po natin na herd immunity ngayong taon na ito. ‘Yun po ang
importante, herd immunity – ibig sabihin hindi na po sana kumalat
‘yung sakit dahil nakamtan na natin ‘yung herd immunity. ‘Yun po ang
pinakaimportante, around 70 million Filipinos must be inoculated o
mabakunahan po para po ma-achieve natin ‘yung herd immunity para
unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa normal nating pamumuhay,” he added. (AI/MTVN)

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