Robredo bats for faster COVID vaccine rollout, more vigilance

Published July 16, 2021, 5:11 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Vice President Leni Robredo hopes that the government will be able to speed up, even more, the distribution of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines as a measure against the dreaded Delta variant.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Jansen Romero/Manila Bulletin)

Robredo made the statement after the Department of Health (DOH) announced that it has detected 16 more cases of the Delta variant in the country, 11 of which were locally transmitted.

In a video message, the Vice President said the confirmation of local Delta variant cases was a cause for concern and that the country should be more prepared so it will not suffer a surge of cases like in Indonesia.

“Yung sa akin lang, kailangan handa tayo (To me, we need to be prepared),” she said Friday, July 16.

“Ayaw na natin na magkaroon pa ng surge uli dito sa atin (We don’t want a surge to happen again),” she added.

Vice President Robredo called on the government to speed up the distribution of vaccines to different areas in the country.

“Sana yung ating deployment ng mga vaccines mas lalong bumilis– triple pa ng bilis (I wish our vaccine deployment will be even faster– three times faster),” she said.

Meanwhile, Robredo urged the public to do their part in preventing the spread of the disease by continuing to follow minimum health protocols– the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, handwashing, and getting vaccinated.

She, in addition, reminded those who were already vaccinated to not be complacent.

“Yung hindi pa nababakunahan sana makapagpabakuna tayo. Yung nabakunahan na sana hindi tayo naman tayo masyadong kampante (Those who are not yet vaccinated, I hope you will soon. Those who were, let us not be complacent),” the Vice President said.

“Alam natin na while nasasalba tayo from severe symptoms, pwede pa rin tayong mahawa (We know that while it saves us from severe symptoms, we can still get infected),” she added.

Robredo asked the government to look into more ways to entice the people to getting vaccinated, citing many participated in their Vaccine Express in Manila because of incentives.

“Lalong nahihikayat yung mga tao kung merong incentives na binibigay (People are persuaded if there are incentives for them),” she said.

“Maraming mga paraan kung paano mas mahihikayat ang tao na magpabakuna. Sana tignan natin ang iba’t ibang paraan (There are many ways to persuade the people to get vaccinated. I hope we will look into those other ways),” she added.

The Philippines has eight countries on its travel ban list due to the local transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19. The latest to be added was Indonesia.

On Thursday, Malacañang said that the government was closely monitoring the situation in Malaysia where a surge of cases have been reported to be taking place.