July 9, 2021

With a completely vaccinated population of 20%, PH may proceed to the “next normal.”

According to a member of the OCTA Research Group, restrictions may be relaxed as long as at least 20 percent of the country’s population is completely vaccinated and the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta strain is avoided.

The Let’s Go Bakuna Town Hall webcast on Friday included OCTA Research Group colleague Prof. Guido David, who said that this step will enable the economy to reopen more quickly than previously anticipated.

”Once we reach 20 percent (of the population) who have been completely vaccinated, there may be discussions about moving to the next normal based on what we are seeing in other countries, particularly because we do not have community transmission of (the) Delta variation here yet. That will enable us to open the economy much more quickly,” David said.

Also recommending to the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is the private sector, led by Joey Concepcion, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, to further relax restrictions in the workplace before the country is able to achieve full population protection.

As a result, Concepcion is advocating for “micro herd immunity,” in which a specific commercial setting, such as an office building, would achieve complete immunization of at least 80 percent of its occupants.

The area was also referred to as a “safe space” by the private sector.

He believes that commercial enterprises that have achieved micro herd immunity should be permitted to function at a greater capacity.

A plan showing how the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus at the very least would progress towards a “new normal” in this time of micro herd immunity, according to Concepcion, will be presented by the business sector.

According to the private sector, office buildings should have at least 80 percent of its workers completely vaccinated in order for the building to be considered safe.

The government should enable these institutions to operate at 80 percent or close to their maximum operating capacity.

For salons, the private sector recommends that 100 percent of its workers have completed their two doses of Covid-19 vaccinations before the business can be permitted to operate at 80 to 100 percent capacity.

All restaurant workers should be completely immunized, which is recommended by the CDC. They are asking that the government provide them an extra 20 percent of available capacity on top of the existing available capacity.

You have our commitment to ensure the safety of our facilities. “This plan will be given to you after we have spoken with all of our stakeholders,” Concepcion told IATF officials who were also in attendance at the same occasion.

Better Christmas and New Year’s celebrations

The goal of reaching population protection level, or having 50% of the NCR Plus population vaccinated, will be reached between September and October this year, according to Concepcion, who expects additional Covid-19 vaccinations to arrive in the second part of the year.

He went on to say that “micro herd immunity” may be acquired even before Christmas, or between September of this year and January of the next year.

“We have all of the required inputs to make it happen, and I believe that it is a realistic possibility,” he said.

The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines purchased by the private sector is scheduled to arrive this month, according to expectations.

Vivencio Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, said the 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccine purchased by the government would begin arriving in the nation this month.

“We will be administering about 500,000 to 900,000 pills this month, with the number increasing in the following months,” Dizon added.

Both the government and the business sector anticipate that the introduction of vaccinations would enable Filipinos to have a more enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

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