PRRD instructs LGUs to come up with a “more rational” immunization procedure
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday directed local government units (LGUs) to find a more acceptable method of immunizing people in the face of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic.
In a pre-recorded Talk to the People, Duterte said that certain local government units (LGUs) are requesting more vaccinations due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in their areas.
He made the statement after Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 and vaccine czar informed him that the LGUs are ensuring that Covid-19 vaccinations are administered “rain or shine” and “day and night.”
Duterte, on the other hand, said that allowing the people to wait in lengthy lines to get vaccinated against Covid-19 is unacceptable, particularly given when certain areas of the nation are suffering severe rains due to the southwest monsoon, which has been exacerbated by Typhoon Fabian.
“That isn’t the way to go about it. He said, “We need to be more proactive.”
Duterte then told Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ao that local governments should be “more cautious” by providing a secure and dry immunization location for Filipinos.
“Actually, hindi tayo nagkulang sa bakuna mukhang hindi tayo nagkulang sa bakuna mukhang hindi tayo nagkulang (perhaps, we do not have a problem with the vaccine supply). “The issue is for local governments to come up with a more reasonable vaccination procedure than enabling people to line as early as 4 a.m. and receiving their injections around 9 a.m.,” he added.
People would only be exposed to Covid-19 if they continue to rush to vaccination centers and remain there for hours only to be vaccinated, according to Duterte.
He went on to say that it would be preferable for those who couldn’t be accommodated to just return rather than wait so long.
“They should be flexible enough to search for a location that is dry and can accommodate a large number of people, split them into groups, and count how many individuals they can [inoculate],” Duterte added.
Covid-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Philippines in a total of 30,985,130 doses. This year, it is anticipated to receive a total of 164 million vaccinations.
Around 5,560,029 of the 16,426,267 Filipinos who got vaccines have been completely vaccinated against Covid-19, with the remaining 10,866,238 receiving their first dose.
On Thursday, the government was able to deliver 472,356 vaccine doses throughout the country, falling just shy of the 500,000 doses per day goal set for the third quarter of 2021.