Robredo bats for ‘hybrid’ COVID-19 vaccine registration

Published April 19, 2021, 4:39 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Noting that not everyone can register online for the country’s vaccination program, Vice President Leni Robredo urged local government units (LGUs) to conduct house-to-house vaccine registration to enjoin more Filipinos to have themselves inoculated with the available coronavirus vaccines.

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Right now, the country hasn’t even used up its meager supply of only two million vaccines. Confidence in getting vaccinated is low across the country, Robredo noted.

But aside from the low vaccine confidence, she said the reason why there is a problem in the inoculation program is because a lot of people do not know how to register online for the vaccine.

The vice president said it’s important for the LGUs to reach out to their constituents right in their own homes.

“Parang puwede naman iyon lalo na ngayon na grabe iyong resistance sa vaccine. Ngayon, marami pa ring takot magpabakuna (That’s possible especially now that there is such a strong resistance to the vaccine. Now, many are still scared to be vaccinated),” she said over dzXL.

“Kung naghihintay ka lang na mag-register siya—lalong hindi iyan pupunta (If you are going to wait for them to register—the more that they will not go),” Robredo added.

The Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) can conduct the house-to-house survey.

The lady official also said that out of the allocated number of vaccines, the LGU should reserve a number for those who cannot register online.

“Kaya sa akin, puwede namang hybrid, ‘di ba, na mayroong online registration (For me, they can do hybrid, right, that there’s an online registration (and house-to-house registration),” she explained.

To boost the population’s confidence in the vaccine, Robredo said that her office is currently partnering with directors and artists to come up with short videos to clear away the mistrust of the vaccine.

She earlier lamented the slow-rolling COVID-19 vaccination program of the government, but admitted that this was because people do not want to get themselves inoculated. 

To reach herd immunity by December this year, the country needs to vaccinate more than 200,000 people a day.

 
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