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.
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“We’re thinking of going mobile, kayo na ang pumunta (you go there) or if you are near the barangay you just wait kasi ang order ko ngayon (because my order now) is for the team to give you the vaccine while traveling. Marami tayong sasakyan (We have lots of vehicles). We will use all government assets,” he said in a pre-recorded public address.
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“It is only through vaccination that we can achieve herd immunity and finally overcome this pandemic. Vaccination is the solution to this crisis
The people’s fear should not be of the vaccines but of Covid-19, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said as he stressed the importance of taking part in the government’s rollout program against Covid-19 now that the vaccines are here.
“If a large portion of our population will not be vaccinated, the threat of Covid-19 will continue to persist,” the senator warned.
He asked everyone to work with the government “as we strengthen our information campaign to educate the public on the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination process.”
“We must ensure that no Filipino is left behind,” he said.
“But even as we push for greater immunization, we still need everyone to act responsibly by following the health and safety protocols such as wearing masks and face shield, washing hands, observing social distancing, and staying indoors as much as possible,” he explained.
“This is also the outcome of the work of our officials who have been tirelessly doing their best to secure vaccine supplies from different manufacturers and institutions,” he said.
As more vaccines arrive, Go said the government will continue vaccinating the rest of the frontliners who have been working and sacrificing to save lives.
“Of course, the poor and the vulnerable are also in the government’s priority list,” he said.
“As President Duterte and I have constantly said, these sectors must be inoculated as soon as we finish immunizing our frontliners for them to be able to return to normalcy and help our economy recover,” he added.