THE Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the QC local government unit (LGU) were urged to launch house-to-house booster shot as soon as possible.
Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo made the call following another surge in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the Omicron variant.
“Let us seek out residents who have not been vaccinated by knocking on their doors and offer them their preferred vaccine to help them protect themselves and others from the virus,” Castelo said.
According to Castelo,many of those who have stayed away from vaccination are afraid to go to inoculation centers in their barangay for fear of catching the virus.
“Others are waiting for the vaccine of their choice to become available, while the poor have no access to the internet, or if they have, their signal is spotty, making it hard for them to register online for vaccination,” she added.
She added that the IATF and the Quezon City government should also target those fully vaccinated who are waiting for their booster shots.
“This proposed house-to-house or door-to-door vaccination for both the unvaccinated and fully vaccinated awaiting their additional dose will protect our people against omicron, which now accounts for most Covid-19 cases,” the solon stressed.
At the same time, Castelo urged the Department of Health (DOH) to provide Quezon City and other LGUs with sufficient supply of vaccines that have a higher uptake or wider acceptance.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque lll has urged LGUs and hospitals to immediately request for replenishment when their vaccines are about to be used up.