President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Photo credits: USC News-University of Southern California)
By Tracy Cabrera
MALACAÑAN PALACE — Following a pronouncement from Vice President and concurrent education secretary ‘Inday’ Sara Duterte-Carpio that public and private schools will be going back to face-to-face classes when the school year starts, President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. expressed his desire for a massive vaccination campaign that would help fully reopen the country’s pandemic-battered economy.
On Facebook, the chief executive disclosed firmly that there is no need to pass a law for mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for Filipinos that the Departments of Health (DoH), Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Education (DepEd) will have to implement in the weeks before school classes begin in August.
“It is also in preparation for the return of face-to-face classes and the easing of other safety protocols,” Marcos Jr. pointed out.
The former senator, however, added that students won’t be required to receive Covid-19 vaccination and co-mingling of those who been vaccinated and unvaccinated will be allowed in classrooms.
Based on the latest vaccine statistics report of the DoH, around 26 percent of the country’s total population or 41 million individuals have yet to receive their first Covid-19 booster dose. (ai/mtvn)