Acting Presidential spokesperson Secretary Karlo Nograles urged local government units (LGU) to accept more walk-in vaccinees during the 15 to 17 December “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive.
“Of course, we’re saying there should be improvements like accommodating walk-ins. But as for the process, it’s really up to the LGU and then how the process would be done. Our appeal is that there should be a system for walk-ins),” Nograles said in Filipino.
Nograles cited President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive that local governments should also extend their average 12-hour operating time until there are no more people queueing up to be vaccinated.
“That’s the President’s directive. He said that as long as someone is waiting in line, don’t close the vaccination site,” he added.
Duterte suggested keeping vaccination sites open daily to accommodate more, Nograles said, adding the various LGU may consider enhancing their house-to-house efforts in vaccinating seniors and persons with comorbidities.
“Several or many of the LGU conduct house-to-house vaccination. If all LGU do the same initiative especially for senior citizens and those with comorbidities, it would be even better,” he said.
Nograles urged the public against being selective over vaccine brands.
The first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” on 29 November to 1 December 1 inoculated eight million recipients.
The extension for two more days in some LGU raised the count to 9.9 million, enabling the government to exceed its target of nine million.