Eleazar says proper information would ramp up vaccination program

Eleazar says proper information would ramp up vaccination program

By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Amidst the opposing arguments on whether or not the vaccination against Covid-19 should be mandatory or not, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and Partido Reporma senatorial bet Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said that government should know first the primary reasons why some Filipinos do not want to be vaccinated.

“More than the discussion kung gagawing mandatory ang Covid vaccination, kailangan din nating malaman kung bakit may ilan sa ating mga kababayan ang ayaw magpabakuna,” Eleazar pointed out.

“From there, magkakaroon tayo ng tamang kaalaman at istratehiya kung paano makukumbinsi ang mga ayaw magpabakuna dahil baka naman ang dahilan ay kung anu-ano ang nababasa sa Facebook, napapanood sa YouTube o kaya naman dahil sa tsismis ng mga Maritess sa mga kanayunan,” he added.

The retired PNP chief cited the situation among PNP personnel wherein only half of its rank and file personnel had expressed willingness to be vaccinated during a survey in February the current year and it was only through intervention via proper information dissemination drive that the number of PNP personnel signified willingness to be vaccinated, rising sharply in the past months.

“Nakita natin ito sa PNP noong ako ay commander ASCOTF (Administrative Support for Covid-19 Task Force) kung saan kalahati lamang ang gustong magpabakuna noong Pebrero. Sa ating pakikipagtulungan sa DoH (Department of Health) para sa malawak na information drive sa mga kapulisan, mahigit 99 percent na ng mga kapulisan natin ang nabakunahan sa ngayon,” Eleazar noted.

Recent reports have revealed that the national government is now eyeing mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 amidst the threat of the new Omicron Covid strain first detected in South Africa, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified as a ‘variant of concern’ after it spread to several countries in Europe and parts of the United States and South America and even Asia.

While acknowledging that people are at liberty to choose if they want to get vaccinated or not, Eleazar stressed that the public should realize the importance of getting anti-Covid shots especially amid the threat of Omicron coronavirus variant.

He said he believes that local government units (LGUs) play an important role in urging their remaining constituents who are hesitant to be vaccinated to avail of the vaccines procured by the government.

“Isa itong hamon sa ating mga LGUs at kaialngan talaga dito ang pakikiisa ng ating mga local government official down to the barangay level,” he enthused. (ai/mtvn)

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