COVID vax mandate imperative for 'common good' — Concepcion

Published November 30, 2021, 3:44 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion supported the proposal to make vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mandatory, saying that it’s for “the common good” to have every Filipino vaccinated.

(Ali Vicoy/ File photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Getting everyone vaccinated is really about the common good,” Concepcion said in a statement Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The Palace official cited a practical case involing local workers to illustrate the importance of getting the jab.

“If a worker refuses to take the vaccine, he would spend upwards of P60,000 a year getting tested every other week,” he said. Concepcion was referring to the recent decision of the government to make COVID tests mandatory for on-site workers.

He noted that in the long run, vaccines would make better sense for on-site workers.

On Monday night during his pre-recorded “Talk to the People” public briefing, President Duterte said that he would be inclined to approve a proposal to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory should the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) come up with one.

Tuesday was the second day of the national government’s mass vaccination drive dubbed “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”. The endeavor, which will end tomorrow, aims to vaccinate nine million Filipinos against COVID-19.

The vaccination campaign is being carried out amid the threats posed by the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

First detected in South Africa, Omicron cases have since been reported in several countries across Africa and Europe, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently studying its transmissibility and the severity of the disease it can cause.

“We are trying to gather as much information and we are talking to experts to educate us further on this new variant,” said Concepcion.

He said the emergence of Omicron should be reason enough for unvaccinated Filipinos to finally get their COVID-19 shots.

“With variants continuing to emerge, I believe it is time we aim for close to 100 percent vaccination in the country,” said the Go Negosyo founder. “Omicron has only made vaccine mandates urgent and justifiable. The country’s economy is at stake,” he pointed out.

He recently announced that Go Negosyo’s next townhall meeting will discuss how the Philippines can stave off a new surge in COVID-19 cases. Called “VAX to the MAX: Preventing the Surge”, the townhall will bring together key government officials, data and medical experts, and representatives from the private sector on Dec. 15, 2021.