For 104-year-old Lualhati Masanga, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 means something more than being protected from severe illness.
It has brought her closer to doing what she values most — finally spending time again with her family.
Lualhati is one of around 45,000 senior citizens living in Pasig City, which is the first Local Government Unit (LGU) to inoculate all of its elderly with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
By mid-August, nearly 100% in Pasig City have been fully vaccinated.
“When we see that more than 70% of those who passed away from COVID-19 are senior citizens, it only makes sense that we protect them first. And the best way to protect them is through vaccination,” said Mayor Vico Sotto.