Get COVID jabs or face travel restrictions, Chavits warns Narvacan constituents

Published November 27, 2021, 2:54 PM

by Chito Chavez

Get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) or be restricted from entering towns and barangays.

This was the strong message of League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) president and Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis “Chavit’’ Singson on Saturday, Nov. 27 to his unvaccinated constituents in a Laging Handa briefing.

“Yung mga nagtatago kung ayaw (to get vaccinated), sabi namin hindi na sila makakapunta sa bayan pa o hindi na sila makalabas sa barangay, kung ayaw nilang magpabakuna. Lahat ‘yon pang-counter namin sa ibang paniwala na ayaw pabakuna (For those in hiding if they refuse, we told them they cannot go to the town or be prohibited from leaving the barangay if they refuse to get inoculated. All of this is to counter those with different beliefs and do not want to be vaccinated),’’ Singson said.

However, Singson bared that the Narvacan local government had convinced most of their residents to get their COVID-19 jabs.

He noted that Narvacan officials have also been conducting house-to-house visits in barangays to convince individuals to get vaccinated.

“Information ang importante riyan sa ating mga kababayan na mas magandang mabakunahan, kasi kung tamaan sila (COVID-19) grabe na. Pag nabakunahan sila tapos tinamaan sila, mas makakaligtas sila (Information is important in conveying to our constituents that it is better to get vaccinated because it will be worse if they get infected by COVID-19. If they are vaccinated and then they get infected it will be safer for them),’’ he added.

Singson said local governments from the different municipalities around the country are preparing for the influx of foreign tourists in December.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 and the National Vaccination Operations Center on Nov. 26 announced that they had adjusted their target vaccination output for the three-day National Vaccination Days.

From the previous 15 million target, the government now eyes to inoculate nine million individuals translating to three million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per day during the “Bayanihan Bakunahan” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. (Chito A. Chavez)