Go urges unvaccinated Pinoy to take part in upcoming National Vaccination Days

Go urges unvaccinated Pinoy to take part in upcoming National Vaccination Days

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and
Demography Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on all eligible
Filipinos to support the National Vaccination Days from November 29 to
December 1 in a bid to move the country one step closer to achieving
herd immunity against the coronavirus.

The lawmaker emphasized the significance of the ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’
program, which will be conducted on the said days, to inoculate an
additional 15 million Filipinos.

“Kinokomendahan ko ang gobyerno sa kanilang pagsisikap na mabakunahan
ang lahat ng mga Pilipino para makamit na natin ang inaasam nating
population protection leading to herd immunity. Bilisan pa natin ang
rollout at siguraduhin natin na ni isang bakuna ay walang masasayang,”
said Go.

“Marami pang paparating na bakuna sa mga susunod na buwan kaya dapat
iturok na kung ano ang mayroon sa mga natitirang essential at
vulnerable sectors upang masiguro na walang Pilipinong maiiwan patungo
sa ating muling pagbangon,” he added.

The country has administered nearly 77 million doses of COVID-19
vaccines with a daily average of 834,994 shots in the last seven days,
as of November 22. A total of 42.6 million individuals have received
their first dose while 33.8 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated.

To ensure the success of the nationwide undertaking, the National Task
Force Against COVID-19, the Department of Health and the Department of
Interior and Local Government have tapped the assistance of all
concerned government agencies, local government units, medical
community, private sector and civil groups.

The task force has also enlisted the help of the Department of
Transportation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National
Police and the Office of Civil Defense in transporting the vaccines.
Meanwhile, medical organizations and nurses and dental associations
will augment the manpower needed to administer the shots.

Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles
stated in a press statement that November 29 and December 1 shall be
considered ‘special working days’ while November 30 will remain a
regular holiday to commemorate the birth anniversary of Andres
Bonifacio.

To encourage employees and workers of the government and the private
sector to get vaccinated, the President issued a Proclamation
declaring November 29 to December 1 as “Bayanihan, Bakunahan National
COVID-19 Vaccination Days.” The Proclamation provides that workers
shall not be considered absent in their work if they will be
vaccinated during the aforesaid period, provided that they present
proof of vaccination to their employers.

Meanwhile, Sen. Go had recently issued an appeal urging the government
to provide fully vaccinated members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program (4Ps) with cash incentives, on top of what they already
receive under the law, to help increase the vaccine coverage among the
lowest income groups.

“Ito ang pinaka-vulnerable sa populasyon natin… ang mga 4Ps households
ang kinokonsiderang poorest of the poor. Sa paraang ito (cash
incentives), maeengganyo natin silang magpabakuna, mabibigyan pa natin
sila ng dagdag na tulong,” he explained.

“Magbigay tayo ng dagdag ayuda para ienganyo ang mga pinakamahihirap
na magpabakuna. Hindi man natin sila mapilit, walang tigil naman ang
ating pagpupursige na makumbinsi sila sa pamamagitan ng sapat na
tulong at tamang impormasyon ukol sa importansya ng bakuna,” he added.

The senator likewise appealed to the public and private sectors to
come up with more incentives to address vaccine hesitancy. He had
earlier backed a proposal from the Metro Manila Council of the Metro
Manila Development Authority to ease certain COVID-19-related
restrictions for those 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 makakapag-hanapbuhay
at makakabalik sa kani-kanilang mga trabaho muli. Ibig sabihin, mas
maraming pamilya ang makakabangon 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.” (ai/mtvn)

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