Lacuna Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan at the UST vaccination site. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Lacuna back at work after bout with COVID, urges Manilans to get jabbed

August 28, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 313 views

VICE Mayor Honey Lacuna had already finished quarantining following her discharge from the hospital and resumed her work in Manila City Hall on Friday, with an urgent appeal for all Manilans to get jabbed, citing the benefits that he and Mayor Isko Moreno themselves reaped from being fully vaccinated after they got infected with and recovered from COVID-19 recently.

Pitching in for Moreno’s weekly capital report, Lacuna also announced that the Liga ng mga Barangay headed by her sister Lei Lacuna as its president, has come up with a scheme wherein houses whose occupants are fully vaccinated will be identified as such through stickers.

The effort, she said, is meant to encourage everyone to get jabbed and address those who may still have doubts in their mind about the effectiveness of the vaccines.

The stickers bear the barangay and zone number of a specific residence whose household members are already fully vaccinated.

Lacuna shared her own experience as a COVID survivor and said that she and Moreno recovered fast and did not fall into severe or critical condition when they got infected with COVID-19 due to the fact that they have been fully vaccinated.

“When you are fully vaccinated, after two weeks, you are fully protected para maiwasan ang malubhang komplikasyon na dala ng COVID-19. Vaccination is not a guarantee na di magkakaroon gaya ko fully vaccinated ako pero nagkaroon at ganun din si Mayor Isko, fully vaccinated pero nagkaroon,” Lacuna said.

“Hindi po kami umabot sa severe and critical case…agaran po kaming gumaling dahil naagapan po ‘yung mas malala naming kondisyon. ‘Yun ang kagandahan ng pagkakaroon ng kumpletong bakuna kaya again and again and again, lahat po ay hinihikayat namin, bagamat alam naming me partikular kayong brand preference, ang sabi nga ni Yorme, ang pinakamabisang bakuna ay ang bakunang nasa braso ninyo. Karapatan nyong mamili pero pag me pagkakataon, kahit anong bakuna, ‘wag na patagalin. Please grab the opportunity,” she added.

Lacuna also explained that with minors still not being allowed to be vaccinated, all adults must be responsible enough to make sure they get vaccinated in order to protect the young members of the household who remain unvaccinated, from getting infected.

Herself a doctor who is also in charge of the city government-run hospitals, Lacuna cited information she had been getting from friends and the hospital directors about the recent spike in minors getting infected with COVID-19 these past few days.