The government has revised its strategy in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic by aiming for “population protection” as the arrival of vaccines is still not consistent.
Department of Health Undersecretary (DOH) Myrna Cabotaje said at the Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday that the reason for the shift in strategy of the vaccination program is the government also saw the need to jump-start the economy and prevent severe cases, as the National Capital Region experienced the highest number of cases in March and April.
“So, the term we use is really ‘population protection.’ We prevent hospitalization, we prevent and minimize deaths by prioritizing [areas]. And the bigger the population that is vaccinated, we have population protection, so there will be no more transmission,” Cabotaje said.
She said among the priority areas is the NCR Plus made up of the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite and Laguna.
She said that in case of new Covid-19 infections, the persons infected would only have mild symptoms, she said.
Cabotaje added the government had targeted to vaccinate 70 percent of Filipinos by the end of this year or early next year. SOVEREIGNPH