Garcia: Personal choice to be vaccinated

Published May 3, 2021, 5:47 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia (Cong. Gwen Garcia Facebook page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

CEBU CITY – Will Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia take the COVID-19 vaccine?

The lady governor is taking a wait-and-see approach, saying allowing oneself to be inoculated is a “personal choice.”

“As it is, I think it’s premature for me to answer that. But for me, those who are in the priority list should get the vaccine first,” said Garcia, noting that the country has yet to acquire a sufficient supply of COVID-19 jabs.

While she could not say yet if she is willing to be vaccinated, the governor emphasized she is supporting the government’s vaccination program.

In Cebu, Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Pena is so far the only town mayor to be vaccinated.

The province has 44 towns and six component cities. As of May 1, the province had 661 active COVID-19 cases.

Garcia has already ordered the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions such as the reopening of tourism activities in the province.

Likewise, she has ordered the abolition of the imposition of fines on people that will be caught not wearing facemasks in public places. Instead of fines, Garcia ordered the police to just reprimand and provide free facemask to individuals caught not wearing facemasks.

Some 3.3 million face masks have been distributed to the police stations in the province.