As the reimposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine begins in NCR, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reminded authorities, both in the national and local level, to properly manage vaccination sites by conducting operations in an organized and safe manner in compliance with necessary health protocols to safeguard those to be vaccinated.
Go commended the national vaccination program’s high rate when it comes to the rollout of the vaccines. As of 05 August 2021, a total of 23,199,187 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered either as first or second dose.
Out of these, 12,493,997 individuals were vaccinated with their 1st dose while 10,705,190 individuals have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The country has achieved a milestone on August 5 when it administered a total of 710,482 vaccine jabs in one day alone, highest ever since the rollout began.
Senator Go cautioned government officials to organize the vaccination in an orderly manner, avoiding the desperate situation some citizens faced as rains and floods overtook them in a long queue awaiting their turn at a vaccination site.
Go reiterated the president’s instructions in his State of the Nation Address, for the local government units (LGUs) to come up with a “sane” system so the Filipino people are not subjected to aggravated hardships amid the pandemic. Duterte complained after seeing photos of people wading through knee-high floods earlier this week to get vaccinated.
Thousands thronged vaccination hubs in the cities of Manila and Las Piñas on Thursday, the eve of the announced lockdown intended to ramp up the jab rollout and stop the spread of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Many were driven by the impression that those unvaccinated would be forced to stay indoors and barred from reporting for work. Many others were afraid they would miss out on the “ayuda” (cash aid) that local government units (LGUs) are to dole during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
This concern, even as he continued to urge Filipinos, particularly those who are already qualified to get vaccinated, to get their Covid-19 jabs and protect themselves and their families against the virus.
With more vaccines arriving in the country, Go appealed to the public not to waste the opportunity to get vaccinated. He stressed that “the faster we inoculate priority groups, the faster we can reach other sectors as well.”
The latest vaccine arrival total as of Aug 5 is at 38,275,800 doses already and the country expects to receive around 130 million more doses in the coming months.
Previously, Go also appealed for the strengthening of contact tracing and genome sequencing efforts, the augmentation of healthcare facilities and hastening of the country’s vaccine rollout.
“Huwag nating sayangin ang magandang takbo ng vaccine rollout ngayon. Gaya ng sabi ng Pangulo, posibleng maging mas maluwag ang restrictions o mas malaya ka kapag protektado ka ng bakuna,” he said.
Go also earlier urged the executive department to ensure that assistance will be given to the poorest of the poor that will be most affected when ECQ is reimposed, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Pangulong Duterte sa pagtugon sa ating apela na magbigay ng ayuda sa mga pinakamahihirap na maaapektuhan ng ECQ sa NCR simula noong Agosto 6 hanggang 20.”
But the senator added that vaccinations and “ayuda” distribution must be conducted in a safe and orderly manner. SOVEREIGNPH/AQP