Business Mirror : BBM to LGUs: Bring vaccination rollout closer to target recipients

News & Interviews
6 October 2021

By Business Mirror

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is urging local government units (LGUs) to raise the number of vaccination sites, and provide incentives to encourage hesitant Pinoys to get vaccinated.

Marcos’s appeal comes amid persistent reports of vaccine hesitancy among the unvaccinated senior citizens in urban and rural areas.

“Talagang problema pa rin natin ang vaccine hesitancy lalo na sa mga nakatatanda at sa mga liblib na kanayunan ito ay ayon na rin sa National Task Force Against Covid-19 na napansin na mas mababa ang nagpapabakuna kaysa sa kanilang projections,” Marcos said.

He added that the government should also embark on a massive information campaign on social-media platforms on the benefits of being fully vaccinated in one’s mobility and the protection of one’s family.

“Dapat ay paigtingin ang information campaign ng pamahalaan at bigyang diin ang benepisyo ng kumpleto ang bakuna gaya ng mas malayang pagkilos sa kanilang mga komunidad at siyempre ang proteksiyon ng pamilya mula sa Covid-19,” Marcos said.

Marcos also encouraged LGUs to bring the vaccination sites closer to the people especially in remote areas where mass transportation is a problem.

“Kailangang pagsumikapan ng mga LGUs na mailapit ang vaccination rollout lalo na sa mga nakatira sa kanayunan o mga liblib na lugar,” Marcos said.

“Medyo mahirap ang transportasyon at hindi rin biro ang distansiya na kailangang lakbayin ng ilan makarating lang sa mga vaccination sites,” Marcos added.

Marcos also said that another reason for the hesitancy among people in rural areas is their fear of losing income because they will be marked absent from work while getting the jab.

He urged LGUs to provide financial incentives to the unvaccinated and talk to their employers so that getting vaccinated will be considered as an added benefit or a paid holiday for the employee.

“Unawain natin na may mga kababayan tayong talagang hirap sa buhay at ang pagliban sa trabaho para magpabakuna ay may malaking epekto sa kanila. Maglaan dapat ang pamahalaan ng tulong pinansiyal at pakiusapan ang kanilang mga pinagtatrabahuhan na payagan silang magpabakuna nang hindi mabawasan ang kanilang suweldo.”

Marcos added that addressing the needs of the hesitant unvaccinated will change people’s views on vaccination and will certainly help the country reach herd immunity faster.

“Kung ito ang gagawin, sa tingin ko magbabago ang pananaw ng mga tao sa pagpapabakuna at mas mapapabilis natin maaabot ang herd immunity na ating inaasam,” Marcos said.