Be a hero, get vaccinated, save lives!’ — Go

Be a hero, get vaccinated, save lives!’ — Go

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health
Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed support for an upcoming joint
initiative between the government and private sector that aims to ramp
up the vaccination drive by administering at least five million doses
of COVID-19 vaccines over a three-day period.

Go encouraged all sectors and eligible individuals to support the
nationwide campaign, which will be conducted from November 29 to
December 1, with the view of helping the country hit its target of
fully vaccinating at least 50% of the population and achieve
population protection by the end of the year.

“Let us be heroes in our own way and put a stop to the spread of this
virus by getting vaccinated. Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na magpabakuna
lalo na’t bukas na ang programa sa general population. Nasa datos
naman na kung sino ang positibo at grabe ‘yung sintomas ay kadalasan
sila ‘yung mga hindi pa bakunado,” said Go.

“Kaya ipakita natin ang malasakit sa ating mga frontliners at
magpa-schedule na sa pinakamalapit ninyong vaccination site. Huwag
kayong matakot sa bakuna dahil ito ang tanging solusyon para unti-unti
na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay,” he appealed.

The country’s COVID-19 response recently achieved two new milestones:
first, exceeding its supply target of 100 million doses of vaccines;
second, the successful administration of over one million doses in a
single day last November 4.

The government has administered 64.2 million doses as of November 7. A
total of 34.7 million individuals have received their first dose while
29.5 million Filipinos are already fully vaccinated.

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte directed all local
government units to speed up their vaccine rollouts by raising their
target to five million doses per week.

In line with the government’s efforts to improve vaccination coverage,
the senator reiterated his appeal to the public and private sectors to
come up with incentives to encourage those still hesitant to get their
shots as opposed to requiring it.

He previously backed a proposal by the Metro Manila Council of the
Metro Manila Development Authority to ease certain COVID-19 Guidelines
for the fully vaccinated.

“Kung ma-relax natin kaunti ang mga travel restrictions at ibang
protocols, inaasahan natin na mas maraming sektor ng ekonomiya ang
mabubuksan. Mas maraming mga kababayan natin ang makapaghanapbuhay at
makabalik sa kani-kanilang mga trabaho muli. Ibig sabihin, mas
maraming pamilya ang makabangon mula sa hirap na dulot ng pandemya,”
said Go.

“Subalit dahan-dahan nating gawin ito. Maingat nating balansehin ang
buhay at kabuhayan ng mga Pilipino. 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,” he cautioned.

A recent poll by the Social Weather Stations found that three out of
every five or 64% of 1,500 adult respondents are willing to get
vaccinated, up from 55% in June and double the percentage reported in
May. The percentage of those still unwilling fell to 18% in September
from 21% in June and 33% in May. (ia/mtvn(

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