Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

The National Capital Region (NCR) is on track to fully vaccinate about 72.56 percent of its eligible population against Covid-19 by October this year, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said Wednesday.

(photo courtesy: http://www.pna.gov.ph)

In a virtual presser, Abalos said the figure is based on NCR’s eligible population of 9,800,000—70 percent of NCR’s current 14 million population.

To date, he said a total of 12.509 million Covid-19 jabs have been administered in the region, with 8 million getting their first dose and 4.500 million getting their two doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccine bubble

Abalos also said the Metro Manila Council (MMC) is eyeing “vaccine bubbles” or allowing fully vaccinated individuals to access facilities and services deemed unsafe for the unvaccinated once an agreed-on vaccination target is reached.

Because it will be hard if we still don’t have a target but we’ll be setting certain policies,” he said partly in Filipino.

He also noted the importance of avoiding discrimination against the unvaccinated while enforcing the policies.

Hopefully it won’t be discriminatory like you’re not allowed to enter if you’re unvaccinated. But instead, there should be positive reinforcement,” Abalos said in Filipino.

An example, he said, would be allowing the vaccinated to engage in certain activities in crowded and enclosed spaces that are currently prohibited by health and safety policies.

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