No way out of pandemic but to get fully vaccinated: PCOO

No way out of pandemic but to get fully vaccinated: PCOO

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar urged the public anew to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), citing that only then can the country assure recovery while protecting the people.

During Tuesday’s episode of the Network Briefing News, Andanar called for support to the government’s Resbakuna campaign, noting that vaccines in certain areas, if left unused, will be reallocated to other local government units.

“Kaya kapag mayroon nang bakuna [sa inyong lugar] ay siguraduhin na magpabakuna na (So once vaccines are available in your area, make sure that you get vaccinated right away),” he said.

He urged the people to avail of any Covid-19 vaccine brand.

“Kung ano ng available at pwede, Sinovac ba yan, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, o Sputnik. Kung anong meron sa harapan niyo na handang ibigay sa inyo ng inyong munisipyo, inyong Department of Health dyan sa inyong bayan, ay tanggapin niyo na para safe po tayong lahat (Whatever is available, whether it is Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, or Sputnik. Whatever your municipality, the Department of Health in your town, can give you, avail of it so that all of us can be safe),” he added.

Andanar said it is only through vaccinating the majority of Filipinos that the country can takeoff from the downturn of economic activities.

Wala ho talagang ibang solusyon dito sa Covid-19, sa mga lockdown para matigil kundi ang pagpapabakuna. Yan lamang ang nag-iisang paraan o solusyon na tayo’y makamove forward at matigil na itong pagsadsad ng ating ekonomiya (There’s no other solution to Covid-19 and the imposed lockdowns but through vaccination. That is the only solution for us to move forward and stop the downturn in our economy),” he said.

Support small business, generate employment

Andanar also sought the support of concerned government offices, including the local government units to look after small business owners in their jurisdiction and respond to their needs by allowing them to operate during this time of the pandemic.

“Dapat hindi natin ginigipit ang ating mga kababayan, ang ating mga maliliit na negosyante (We shouldn’t make it hard for our fellowmen, for the small businesses),” he said, stressing that the LGU should help them ease the processes in securing permits to operate.

He further told local officials to refrain from politicizing any assistance that they may extend to the sector and instead put into practice the spirit of ‘bayanihan’.

“Pakiusap po ng national government sa local na pamahalaan huwag po nating pulitikahin ang pagbibigay ng ambag, tulong sa ating bayan (The national government is asking our local government units not to politicize the aid or help that is given to constituents),” he added. (PNA)

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