Government becoming proactive during the extreme quarantine period by bringing the vaccines to households is not only a good strategy, but is also necessary to take advantage of the lull in economic activity for the nation’s benefit.
The frustration in the private sector is the uncertainty brought by going through an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in an endless cycle.
Only through vaccination, enough for majority of the population to be immune from the disease, can such a vicious routine end and attain a measure of normality, which is not even a certainty as the virus is known to mutate fast.
It is possible that a strain may develop that is resistant to known vaccines, which the scientific community is now trying to head off by ending the scourge as fast as possible.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said it is up to local government units (LGU), if they have the resources, to undertake house-to-house visits.
This is a challenge delivered by the health official since President Rodrigo Duterte himself said it will be up to local executives to be innovative in the inoculation program.
Barangay offices do not have to do much that may require additional financial capability to bring the vaccines to their constituents.
During the two-week ECQ period, barangay officials in the National Capital Region will have to distribute aid to each family of their jurisdiction and the vaccines can be administered by a health professional that the national government can provide who will accompany the roving barangay team.
Vergeire said the scheme has a lot of benefit as it would prevent the congregation of people, as residents just wait from their homes to get vaccinated. She added it would also make the vaccination drive efficient, since those without the serum yet get their shots.
In Metro Manila, the target is to put the needle into 180,000 to 200,000 individuals a day to attain 70 percent herd immunity by September.
The current scheme of those seeking to be jabbed applying online and, later on, getting their shot in a shopping mall is a testament to the partnership of LGU and the private sector. However, the actual situation saw some areas with very long lines while in others there were few individuals.
Vaccination efforts are centered in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila and its suburbs since it is believed that solving the coronavirus riddle in the capital would make it easier to put an end to the plague in the rest of the nation.
ECQ will be reimposed in the first week of August and will last for two weeks to prevent the spread of the more infectious Delta variant, which had earlier devastated India and Indonesia.
There are enough doses of the antidote, according to National Task Force Against Covid-19 deputy chief Secretary Vince Dizon.
He indicated the government will deliver 6.5 million doses to the NCR Plus that includes Rizal, Laguna Cavite and Bulacan to intensify mass vaccination.
The most efficient process to immunize Filipinos is to go directly to their residences which, anyway, most elected officials do to court votes.
Why can’t it be done now to benefit the nation?