The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the timely rollout of the vaccination program will facilitate the gradual re-opening of the economy and the country’s recovery from the prolonged pandemic.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said that everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated to allow the economy to further reopen and bring back the normalcy in people’s everyday lives.
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. It is really about caring for yourselves and your families and friends. It will allow us to open the economy more and bring back some of the joys that we missed over the past one and a half years,” Chua said.
The government currently gives focus on high-risk and densely populated areas like the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces, as well as areas in Visayas and Mindanao which are experiencing surges.
But Chua assured that the inoculation drive will be expanded to the rest of the country as more vaccines become available.
Vaccination of the expanded A4 group, which includes those who work outside their homes and government employees, has begun following the issuance of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ Resolution No. 117.
Meanwhile, those belonging to the A1, A2, and A3 groups continue to be prioritized for the vaccination program.
Last Friday, Chua, together with National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, showed support to the Taguig City government’s inoculation of employees from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and other economic frontliners.
Chua also received his first dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
NEDA’s priority is the total health of the people—whether from COVID-19, non-COVID-19 illnesses, or hunger, Chua said.
“We have to, number one, open the economy in the safest way possible by managing the risk. Number two, we have a big program on recovery that we need to implement and accelerate. And number three, where every one of you can participate, is to get vaccinated,” Chua said.
The NEDA chief also shared that the 30 million doses of vaccines set to arrive in the next two months can help cover a significant number of the 33 million workers throughout the country in the A4 priority group who have yet to receive their first dose.
|“This is what we have to do so that when you go out, go to the office, or commute, you are more protected and you bring to your kids and grandparents also more protection,” Chua said.|