Go supports calls for greater mobility as incentive for fullyvaccinated individuals to revive economy

Go supports calls for greater mobility as incentive for fully
vaccinated individuals to revive economy

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health
Christopher “Bong” Go has echoed the calls of several business owners
and franchisees for government authorities to study the possibility of
offering incentives to fully vaccinated individuals in order to
encourage more Filipinos, especially those who are still hesitant to
get their COVID-19 shots.

“Pag-aralan dapat natin nang mabuti ang pagbibigay ng insentibo sa mga
bakunado, tulad ng mas maluwag na mga patakaran na ligtas pa rin.
Maaaring pwede sila lumabas, makapagtrabaho at makagalaw nang mas
konting restrictions pero compliant pa rin sa minimum health
standards,” he said.

“Malaking tulong ito sa ekonomiya at para ma-enganyo at tumaas rin ang
vaccine confidence,” suggested Go.

On September 14, more than 1,000 businesses have issued a manifesto
lamenting the financial losses and liabilities they have incurred as a
result of the national government’s lockdowns.

“Of utmost importance, our employees have families to feed and stable
employment is difficult to assure without a clear plan,” it said.

They declared complete support for Presidential Adviser for
Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion’s proposal for
the introduction of the bakuna bubble as a strategy to resuscitate the
economy.

COVID-19 restrictions are to be relaxed for fully vaccinated
individuals under the proposed bakuna bubble, which will help promote
the economy and protect the jobs of many Filipinos.

Go has earlier stated his support for the proposed bakuna bubble as
well as other proposals to loosen some of the COVID-19 restrictions
for fully vaccinated individuals as long as minimum health standards
are still in place.

“Malaking parte ng ating ekonomiya ang National Capital Region. Kung
ma-relax natin konti ang mga travel restrictions at ibang protocols
para sa bakunado na, inaasahan natin na mas maraming sektor ng
ekonomiya ang mabubuksan. Mas maraming mga kababayan natin ang
makapaghanapbuhay muli at makabalik sa kani-kanilang mga trabaho. Ibig
sabihin, mas maraming pamilya ang makabangon mula sa hirap na dulot ng
pandemya,” Go explained.

“Subalit dahan-dahan nating gawin ito. Huwag nating biglaing buksan
lahat kaagad, baka naman tumaas ang bilang ng mga kaso at mahihirapan
na naman ang ating healthcare system. Ayaw nating mag-back to zero na
naman tayo. Kaya maingat lang dapat nating balansehin ang buhay at
kabuhayan ng mga Pilipino,” Go cautioned.

The Senator then expressed his gratitude to numerous private business
entities for coming up with innovative incentive plans for fully
vaccinated individuals, such as discounts and freebies.

“Maraming salamat sa mga pribadong kumpanya sa mga pa-discounts at
freebies ninyo para sa bakunadong kababayan natin. Malaking bagay ito
para ma-engganyo natin ang mas maraming Pilipino magpabakuna,” Go
said.

Meanwhile, Go reaffirmed his call for qualified and unvaccinated
Filipinos to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. He noted that
studies show that fully vaccinated individuals have a significantly
lower risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19, and that
they should be allowed to participate in certain pre-pandemic
activities as long as basic health protocols, such as wearing a mask
and face shield and observing social distancing, are followed.

“Sa ngayon po, naging maganda po ang vaccine confidence na tumataas
na. Kahit na noong umiikot ako, tinatanong ko sila noong unang panahon
10% lang po ang nagtataas ng kamay, ngayon po halos kalahati na po
dahil nakikita nila na protektado sila sa bakuna, lalong-lalo na po
ngayon na merong Delta variant na napakabilis ng transmission four
times more contagious po ito,” Go noted.

“Ito pong bubble system, mas magiging successful ito kapag mas marami
na ang bakunado. Kaya katulad ng pakiusap ko sa mga kapwa ko Pilipino,
kung eligible na kayo, ‘wag kayo matakot at magpabakuna na kayo. Mas
maraming bakunado, mas ligtas ang ating mga pamilya at komunidad,” he
explained.

As of September 13, the country has already administered a total of
39,142,205 COVID-19 doses. A total of 22,063,529 individuals have been
given their first dose while 17,078,676 Filipinos have been fully
vaccinated. The country’s daily vaccination rate stands at 395,704
jabs a day as of September 13.

Meanwhile, Go said that the government is studying the expansion of
the national vaccination program to the general public.

“Ngayon po ay pinag-aaralan ng gobyerno ang pagbubukas po ng bakuna sa
general public para naman po makapagpabakuna na po ‘yung may gusto at
tuluy-tuloy po ang ating vaccine rollout,” said Go. (ai/mtvn)

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