Open vaccination centers in schools, says LRay

If Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Luis “LRay" Villafuerte would have his way, he would have vaccination centers established in the country’s schools to support the government's inoculation drive ahead of the incoming 2022 to 2023 school year.

Photo taken at Cawayan Elementary School in Irosin, Sorsogon (Courtesy of OSDS - DepEd Sorsogon Province Official)

“Alongside providing the necessary assistance to public and private schools in preparation for the start of face-to-face and online learning modes on Aug. 22, local executives should team up with the DepEd (Department of Education), DOH (Department of Health), and DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) in setting up in schools vax centers for primary and booster shots against the coronavirus ASAP (as soon as possible), to better protect our students and their teachers this upcoming school year against the current and future surges in Covid-19,” Villafuerte said on Thursday, Aug. 11.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., in one of his vlogs, urged local government units (LGUs) to push for vaccination and booster shots among students prior to the start of the school year.


“Such urgent action by our local executives across the country is the appropriate response from LGUs to the recent appeal by President Marcos no less for the public, particularly students, to complete their primary jabs or booster shots against Covid-19 so they would have better protection against the pandemic when classes reopen later this month,” the solon continued.

As per the DepEd, over 16 million students are scheduled to go back to school in the upcoming school year, which is set to begin on Aug. 22. It will consist of both face-to-face sessions and online learning.

At the latest, 16,885,909 individuals have received at least their first Covid-19 booster dose.