Get vaccinated, Go urges Filipinos anew

Published August 25, 2021, 9:11 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go again urged eligible Filipinos to get their COVID-19 vaccine so the country can achieve population protection and herd immunity.

Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go (Senate PRIB)

“The vaccine is the only key or solution for us to slowly return to our normal way living, or our target of population protection and herd immunity,” Go said in during an interview after the inauguration of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAx) Silang East Interchange section on Tuesday, August 24.

He admitted that it is “difficult to achieve the herd immunity this year” but he expressed optimism that “we could first have the population protection”.

Go, chairman of the Senate health committee, noted that the public confidence in vaccines has improved with people realizng that unvaccinated individuals are at risk of being hospitalized and contracting severe infection.

“Kaya ulitin ko, ‘yung mga nasa priority list group…magpabakuna na ho kayo para po protektado kayo. Kung mahal ninyo po ang inyong pamilya, mahal po ninyo ang inyong mga anak, magpabakuna na ho kayo (Let me reiterate, those in the priority list group, get yourselves vaccinated for your protection. If you love your family, you love your children, get yourselves vaccinated),” he urged.

Go also cited that authorities continue to carefully balance economic recovery efforts while intensifying health protection in order to ensure a holistic approach in battling COVID-19, as well as poverty and hunger that resulted from the pandemic.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases reverted the National Capital Region to the most stringent ECQ last August 6 until August 20, after which it was reclassified to MECQ.

Meanwhile, the senator welcomed the announcement that the special risk allowances (SRAs) for medical frontline workers would be released soon.

“Mare-release na po ‘yung 311 million para doon sa SRA. At kung may mga kulang pa, inatasan na ni Pangulong Duterte ‘yung DBM, ‘yung Executive department na maglaan ng pondo (The P311 million for the SRA will be released. If this is not enough yet, President Duterte has already ordered the DBM, the Executive Department to allocate funds),” said the former presidential special assistant.