FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. urged local government units (LGUs) to increase the number of vaccination sites and provide incentives to encourage hesitant Filipinos to get vaccinated.
He made the appeal on Tuesday amid persistent reports of vaccine hesitancy among senior citizens and those in rural areas.
"Talagang problema pa rin natin ang vaccine hesitancy lalo na sa mga nakatatanda at sa mga liblib na kanayunan (vaccine hesitancy remains to be the problem among the elderly and those in remote areas)," Marcos said in a statement.
He said the National Task Force has observed the number of those who signed up for vaccination was "lower than their projections." Marcos said the government should embark on a massive information campaign on social media platforms.
He said the government should also cite the benefits of getting a complete vaccination such as free mobility in their community and protection of their family against Covid-19.
Marcos encouraged LGUs to bring the vaccination sites closer to the people especially in far-flung areas where mass transportation is a problem.
The former lawmaker noted residents in remote villages travel great distances just to reach vaccination sites.
He urged LGUs to provide financial incentives to the unvaccinated and talk to their employers so getting vaccinated will be considered as an added benefit or a paid holiday for the employee.
Addressing the needs of those hesitant to get jabs will change people's views on vaccination and help the country reach herd immunity faster, Marcos said. Bernadette E. Tamayo