Don't turn 3-day National Vaccine Days into campaign sorties, DILG warns bets

Published November 28, 2021, 1:57 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned on Sunday, Nov. 28, aspirants for both local and national posts from turning vaccination sites for the National Vaccination Day into campaign sortie areas.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said displaying tarpaulins bearing the names of the politicians or any political bets and wooing their supporters at the vaccination sites are strictly prohibited citing this is to be a non-partisan activity.

He warned that the DILG will issue show-cause orders against the politicians and political bets found violating the minimum health standards.

The government is hard pressed to reach herd immunity against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) within this year with the goal of vaccinating nine million qualified individuals in three days.

Previously the aim was to get five million individuals inoculated per day during the three-day vaccination process but the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to trim down the target to three million persons per day.

The DILG spokesperson in an interview over GMA News added that at present “57, 58 percent’’ individuals got their first dose.

“Sana after three days 70 percent na yan. Yan ang target natin, 70 percent first dose so we are at 44.5 million doses right now (Hopefully after three days, 70 percent (first dose vaccinated persons) na yan. That is our target, 70 percent first dose so we are at 44.5 million doses right now.

Malaya pointed out that DILG Secretary Eduardo Año’s last reminder to the local government units (LGUs) before the National Vaccination Days is to deploy their contact tracers to the inoculation sites during the massive three-day vaccination activity.

“Karamihan kasi dyan mga nurse mga may medical background (contact tracers). Pwede na po silang magbakuna kung sila ay medical (personnel) ano at kung sila naman ay non-medical (persons) iassign po sila sa data management gaya ng registration, gaya ng encoding ano, screening yun (Most of them are nurse, persons with medical backgrounds. They can administer the vaccines and non-medical will be assigned in data management like registration, like (data) encoding, screening),’’ Malaya said.

Malaya noted that the DILG secretary also issued a directive that will make use of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the three-day vaccination process to make up for the shortage in manpower for this purpose.

“We are in contact with the National Youth Commission para ipaalala na yung mga SK (members), kailangang magvolunteer para din dito sa ating vaccination day (to remind thsat the SK needs to volunteer for this vaccination day),’’ he added.

Malaya confirmed being in Surigao del Norte to assist the mayors and health officials in the CARAGA Region to prepare for the National Vaccination Days. (Chito A. Chavez)