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Before Sinulog, unvaccinated Cebuanos are recommended to receive shots.

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Before the January celebration of Sinulog, the Central Visayas Department of Health (DOH-7) urged Cebuanos who had not yet received their initial two doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine to do so.

Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU)-7 cluster head Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Caal stated that their data reveals no threat of a Covid-19 rise in Cebu province and attributed the decline in infections to the successful government vaccination effort.

In contrast to 2020 and 2021, when infections were at an all-time high, Caal said the number of cases has continued to decline despite the crowding of people in some commercial hubs and businesses during the Christmas holidays.


“If we made decisions based on our data, there wouldn’t be a coming surge or anything.” In a media forum, she stated, “It may be because the vaccine is quite good in protecting the community (against Covid-19).”

Gains in the fight against the pandemic, according to Caal, should not lead the public to become complacent, though, as occurrences of cases surging at the peak of the public health crisis in 2020 were brought on by a lowering of people’s attention.


“Again, let’s not be overly sure about it because we don’t yet know much about the virus, so wala ta kahibalo sa. It may only take one day. We have no idea what will occur. But on the other hand, “our community, our own self, we are continually reminded and encouraged to be immunized,” she said.

During the holidays leading up to the Sinulog festival, Caal also advised the people of Cebu to wear face masks in places with inadequate ventilation to prevent contracting an infection.


The Sinulog 2023 festival will resume to its biggest scale, according to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, after being postponed for two years because of Covid-19.

Huge throngs are anticipated to attend the Holy Masses at the centuries-old Basilica and the fiesta’s sociocultural events, including the Grand Parade, which will this year take place at the South Road Properties rather than the Cebu City Sports Center in the midtown district.


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