June 6, 2021

Experts from Israel are coming to assist the Philippines to strengthen its vaccination program.

Three specialists from Israel’s Ministry of Health will assist the Philippines in improving coronavirus inoculation efforts (Covid-19).

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., who is also the lead implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, said in a statement on Sunday that the experts would gather on June 20, 2021 to discuss vaccination deployment tactics, transition to the new normal, and vaccine hesitancy.

According to him, the government plans to emulate Israel’s measures for raising public uptake, which include providing incentives for vaccination recipients and imposing limitations on individuals who have not yet received coronavirus vaccines.

Galvez said that Israel’s technique enables individuals who have been vaccinated to gradually improve their mobility and return to normality, while those who have not been vaccinated must remain adhere to quarantine procedures.

According to Galvez, Israel’s vaccine campaign has been “very effective.”

On April 18, Israel lifted its ban on wearing face masks outside after inoculating more than half of its population with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations.

It has also led to the reopening of schools and the revitalization of commercial activity.

Increasing vaccine trust

Galvez praised the work of several local government units (LGUs) and the commercial sector in boosting vaccination trust and raising public knowledge about the national vaccination program.

“Unti-unti nang tumataas ang public uptake ang tumataas ang tumataas ang tumataas ang tumataas ang tumataa (the public uptake is gradually increasing). We began with 32% and are now at 60% to 80%, and with more active efforts like house-to-house campaigns, barangay town hall meetings, and tapping home champions, tataas na ‘yan (it will continue to rise),” he added.

Galvez said LGUs have been holding raffles and giving away sacks of rice, farm animals, groceries, bikes, and even a home and lot to encourage more people to be vaccinated.

Vaccine recipients will also enjoy unique discounts and unique presents from eateries around the country, thanks to a private sector initiative called “Ingat Angat Bakuna Benefits.”

The government also enlisted the help of “home advocates” to persuade family to get vaccinated.

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