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LGU urged: Bring jabs to seniors’ homes

The senator urged the LGU to explore the possibility of doing house-to-house operations to vaccinate priority groups, particularly senior citizens

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As the government continues its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination drive in its bid to achieve herd immunity before the end of the year, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is urging local government units (LGU) to inoculate eligible members of the priority list at their homes if necessary.

The senator stressed that the LGU should already explore the possibility of doing house-to-house operations to vaccinate priority groups, particularly senior citizens who have difficulties going outside their homes.

“I call upon the LGU to have programs or contingencies if senior citizens are not able to go to vaccination sites,” Go said. “One thing they can do is to have
house-to-house inoculations to ensure that the vaccines will be delivered to those who are on the priority lists.”

The lawmaker added that priority groups should be vaccinated immediately so that the inoculation program can continue to expand to other groups.

“We have to remember that we have at least 18 million senior citizens,” Go said. “We have a lot of backlogs since there is still a limited supply of vaccines.”

“So for those who are afraid to take the vaccine, we assure you that it is safe, because the only dangerous thing that is prevalent now is the virus itself,” he added.

Aside from the top priority groups, Go also asked essential workers to get inoculated as the government recently opened the vaccination of the A4 priority group in critical areas at risk of case surges.

He also stressed that opening up the vaccination program to essential workers will help in the recovery of the economy which has been under restrictions to deter the spread of Covid-19.

As of 7 June, the Philippines has breached the six million mark on vaccine administration. It has received 9,329,050 doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far, and is expecting to receive more than two million vaccine doses on 10 June — more than one million of which are Pfizer vaccines from the COVAX Facility, and an additional one million Sinovac doses.

More than ten million doses are expected to arrive this June.

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