Go urges Pinoys to get jabs, boosters as Duterte admin keeps up fight vs Covid-19

Published May 28, 2022, 10:19 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has once again urged eligible yet unvaccinated Filipinos to trust the vaccine in order to better protect themselves and their respective communities against Covid-19.

Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, reassured that the government continues to spare no effort to ensure that every Filipino is protected from Covid-19 while mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the country’s economy.

“I would like to congratulate (National Task Force for Covid-19 Chief Implementer) Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., (Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response) Secretary Vince Dizon, (Health) Secretary Francisco Duque, and all of our partners for being able to vaccinate more than 69 million individuals as a way to stay ahead of the game against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Go remarked in a video message during the Resbakuna Ceremonial Vaccination for second booster dose at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City Thursday, May 26.

“Although this administration is nearing its close, I am glad that we are still continuing our effort to vaccinate more of our population and inoculate booster doses to our priority groups,” he continued.

The event was organized by the Department of Health (DOH) together with its regional offices and SM Supermalls. It is part of the Duterte administration’s strengthened efforts to inoculate more Filipinos until the very last day of the President’s term.

Though the jabs aren’t mandatory, the senator from Davao underscored that vaccination remain one of the most effective ways to curb the spread of the virus within communities.

Go then thanked those who trusted and supported the government’s pandemic efforts and participated in the national inoculation drive. He likewise appealed to those who have completed their vaccine doses to get their booster shots as well.

He reminded everyone to remain disciplined and vigilant as the fight against Covid-19 continues.

In the end, Go expressed his gratitude to all health and non-health workers who continue to be at the forefront of the battle against the global health crisis.

“Of course, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the help and participation of local government units, frontliners, other organizations and the general public,” he remarked.

“I once again call on all involved parties to join forces to reach our goal towards a vaccinated and healthier Philippines as we win our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the senator added.

As of May 26, the government has already administered a total of 150.1 million vaccines. Around 69.2 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated and 66.6 million have received their first dose while 14.2 million have obtained their booster shot.

Apart from immunocompromised individuals aged 18 years old and above, senior citizens and frontline health workers may also now avail of a second booster shot, particularly mRNA vaccines.