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Duterte advises the population to ‘take advantage of booster shots.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to “take advantage” of the country’s ample supply of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and receive their booster doses in order to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron strain.

“Now is the time to take advantage of the scenario when we have us available,” I remarked. “Barely enough, but we can start with the boosters because it will strengthen your immune system – or the antibodies will be produced stronger because it will eventually overcome the virus,” Duterte remarked in his People’s Address.

Despite criticism from various quarters, he maintained that his insistence on Filipino vaccination was a “positive decision.”

“Sa totoo lang (To be honest), notwithstanding the criticism from some elements of our society, insisting on vaccination was a wise decision.” He continued, “And we didn’t listen to people who said, ‘You have your freedom to refuse,'” adding, “At hindi tayo nakinig diyan ang sabi na.”

Those who refused inoculation may just stay indoors, according to Duterte, because leaving their houses would jeopardize the health of others.

“Now, if you refuse to be vaccinated, we can politely ask you to leave.” Do not leave the house to avoid endangering the remainder of your neighborhood, your neighbors, and everyone. If you go to an office, ayaw mo, tapos you (and you don’t want to be immunized, you may) infect the entire office,” he continued.

He pointed out that the government may use its police powers to force persons to acquire Covid-19 vaccines.

“The state can genuinely impose mandatory vaccination on its citizens on the ground by employing – they are not the police – the state’s police power. “To compel you whether you like it or not because your resistance or persistent refusal would be a major danger aspect there,” he explained.

Vaccination against Covid-19 is now voluntary until a law is passed making it mandatory.

Massive booster injection inoculation

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 stressed the significance of “massively” delivering booster dosages as the Omicron form officially entered the country in the same Talk to the People.

“Iyong mag-boostering po tayo ng enormously, particularly po iyong mga (we should massively administer booster shots, particularly to those) three months and above,” he remarked.

The NTF, according to Galvez, advises a huge booster immunization campaign in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Yung mga centers nabakunahan ng mga una ng March, April, May, June, July, kailangan na po na magpa-booster na po sila,” Galvez said, warning that there might be a “breakthrough” or a possible rise in Covid-19 cases due to new variants.

“Kailangan po three or four months na ano po sila is magpa-booster na para at least ma-reduce po natin’yung tinatawag nating breakthrough (They must obtain booster shots to at least minimize the so-called breakthrough),” says the doctor.

According to Galvez, most countries are now increasing their booster immunization rates.

“We must not break the protective chain. We should have the boosters by now “Added he.

The government intends to increase the number of primary doses given to the remaining 40 million Filipinos who have not been vaccinated.

Galvez stated, “We have all of the immunizations that we require.”

The Department of Health (DOH) previously announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved a shorter administration gap between primary doses and booster shots would take effect on December 22.

Adults may be given booster doses at least three months after having their second dose, and at least two months after receiving their primary single-dose immunization, according to the revised policy.

45,284,617 Filipinos have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, with 1,194,321 more receiving booster doses.

Two-dose vaccines are available from AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik, whereas Janssen is the only single-dose vaccine currently approved for use in the country.

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