Galvez urges Boracay folks to get booster shots

Published February 11, 2022, 2:05 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. encouraged residents in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan on Friday, Feb. 11, to get their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster shots so that the local tourism industry can now be fully opened.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. strolls in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan on Feb 11, 2022. (Courtesy of NTF Against COVID-19)

Galvez led the launching of the “Resbakuna sa Botika” and “Resbakuna Kids” in Boracay along with top officials of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 and local chief executives.

“It’s good that we have visited here in Boracay because maybe we can open the tourism already,” he said.

The vaccine czar noted that Malay recorded zero to less than a hundred cases in the past week despite the easing of restrictions and the increased mobility of residents.

“Even though we have allowed movement, there’s really no cases. Zero. We have seen the effect of the vaccine. It really saves lives and it also prevents severe [cases] and hospitalization,” Galvez stated.

“But now, we need to have boosters. The government intends to vaccinate 90 million people before the end [of President Dutere’s term]. This includes the elderly and children population. That is our primordial [concern],” he continued.

“Our second objective is to provide boosters to 72 million Filipinos,” he shared.

Galvez said that booster shots offer an added layer of protection since there is a waning effect on the primary doses after around six months.

“There is a necessity that we should all get our boosters,” he said.

The government recently announced the reopening of the country’s borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists in a bid to revive the economy.

The first batch of foreign visitors arrived on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Latest available data showed that the government has administered 8,011,994 booster shots nationwide as of Feb. 4.

A total of 59,959,830 individuals have also been fully vaccinated while 60,659,350 have received their first dose.