Incentives for fully vaccinated individuals? Not yet a done deal- Año

Published October 21, 2021, 11:55 AM

by Chito Chavez

Authorities are still weighing the pros and cons of offering incentives to fully-vaccinated individuals, saying a review and assessment is still needed before its implementation.

Department of the Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said they are still waiting for the collective inputs of the concerned government agencies

“Nasa discussion pa yan sa(It is still under discussion at the level of the) IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) and appropriate government agencies like DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) and NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) still have to present their proposal,’’ Año said.

During the Oct 19. Talk to the People briefing with the President, Secretary Carito Galvez Jr., vaccine czar and chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) raised the idea of possibly giving incentives to fully vaccinated individuals in a bid to further increase the country’s fully inoculated persons.

With 80 percent of Metro Manila’s target population getting complete COVID-19 vaccine doses, Año stressed that the government’s focus is now in the provinces.

On Oct. 20, Año bared that 18 to 30 percent of the targeted individuals got their full jabs in the provinces with the government’s goal of vaccinating 50 to 70 percent of the intended population in these areas.

The DILG chief issued the explanation when pressed if preparations with regards to the health protocol guideline adjustments are on target as more people will be outdoors in the coming Holiday Season.

Año added that the regional directors of various government agencies and selected mayors and governors will have a meeting to discuss issues related to the boosting of the COVID-19 vaccination in the provinces on Oct. 22.

He added that the government will expand the COVID-19 vaccination process in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas and Davao and then in the other parts of the country.

“Kasi hindi naman pupwedeng NCR lang ang mataas (vaccination percentage). Ano kailangan yung mga karatig na lugar like for example Region 3 and Region 4-A, yung mga key areas Region 7, Region 11. Yung mga cities dun and then we go to the areas para naman masigurado na maganda yung Christmas (celebration) natin (It cannot be that only NCR have high vaccinate rate. Other adjacent areas like Region 3 and Region 4-A, key areas Region 7, Region 11 also. The cities there and then we go to other areas to ensure our enjoyable Christmas celebration),’’ he added. (Chito A. Chavez)