Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Vaccinatio­n of execs in public backed

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Senator Christophe­r “Bong” Go on Thursday expressed support to suggestion­s to have government officials inoculated in public in a bid to allay fears and boost public confidence on the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines.

Go, however, emphasized that this should be done without prejudice to the priority list of the government’s national Covid-19 vaccinatio­n program which identified essential sectors as priorities, such as frontliner­s as well as poor and vulnerable sectors.

During the launch of the Malasakit Center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center in Angeles City, Pampanga, Go was asked if he supports putting local officials in the priority list to get Covid-19 vaccine.

The Senator responded favorably, saying,

“Why not. We are trying to boost public confidence on the vaccines. If they submit themselves to the vaccinatio­n program, that only means we should trust the process,” the senator said.

“If it will help allay the fears of the public, I will support such recommenda­tion,” he said.

While getting vaccinated is voluntary, Go stressed its vital role in attaining herd immunity in the country.

Meanwhile, Go said that the AstraZenec­a jabs, which arrived in the country Thursday, will be rolled out as the second vaccine brand after Sinovac.

The Senator said during the interview that a plan has already been laid out identifyin­g the strategic locations where the vaccines are going to be stored to ensure equitable access throughout the country.

If it will help allay the fears of the public, I will support such recommenda­tion.

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