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Moreno: ‘Incentivize’ the vaccinated

January 15, 2022 Marlon Purification 252 views

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso reiterated that persons who go out of their way to get fully vaccinated with the added booster shots to further protect themselves from Covid-19 infection should be the ones rewarded by the government and not those who refuse to get inoculated.

The 47-year-old Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer remarked Thursday in an interview by reporters while inspecting the drive-thru booster shot facility for 4-wheel vehicles in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta.

According to Moreno, it’s quite unfair for people who wake up very early to go to the vaccination centers to get their first shot, second shot and booster shot and not get any incentive from the government; while those who refused to get vaccinated are the ones being offered incentives.

“Ngayon halimbawa ayaw nyong magpabakuna, o stay at home kayo. Wala naman masama at least maaalagaan kayo ng mga mahal nyo sa buhay sa loob ng bahay. Kasi tingnan nyo eto, maniniwala ba kayo na alas kwatro ng umaga may nakapila na dito? So, nag tiyaga. Alas kwatro ng umaga nag tyaga, nagpabakuna,” Moreno said.

“Di ba unfair sa kanya ‘yun? Yung taong pumila tapos bibigyan natin ng bonus ‘yung tolongges? Bibigyan pa natin ng bonus ‘yung matigas ang ulo. Maling gobyerno ata ‘yun? Para sa akin ha, ‘yun ang opinyon ko. Mali ang gagawin ng gobyerno kapag hinihikayat ng isang ahensya ng gobyerno na bigyan ng bonus ‘yung matitigas ang ulo. Dapat bigyan ng bonus ‘yung mga masusunurin, ‘yung mga mabubuti,” explained Moreno.

Moreno said what we need to teach our people that those who are good citizens should be the ones raised on the pedestal and should be given privileges.

“Alam mo maganda yung lip service. Marami kasing nagli-lip service. Basta ako ang focus ko, kumbinsihin kita na bakunahan, kumbinsihin kita maproteksyunan ang sarili mo, kumbinsihin kita maproteksyunan ang pamilya mo, kunbinsihin kita maging isang responsableng indibidwal sa kapwa mo at sa pamayanan mo at sa bansa mo. So, that is my job. Eto ‘yung resulta,” Moreno pointed out.

Moreno again appealed to those who still refuse to get vaccinated to listen to “Science” and reject the misinformation being peddled by anti-vaxxers.

Moreno maintained that their strategy in Manila is simple: To make vaccination and getting booster shots more accessible and readily available to Manileños as well as those coming from the regions outside Metro Manila.

“Wala na sigurong kailangan incentives kasi nakita mo naman yung pila, gusto talaga ng tao. We try to make the vaccine whether first dose, second dose, or booster available kung paano magiging convenient sa tao. May health center, sa eskwelahan, sa malls, sa ospital, sa drive-thru. So, nag-iisip pa kami ng ibang paraan paano mailapit sa tao yung access to vaccines,” Moreno said.

On the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s directive for local government units, particularly addressed to the barangays, to come out with a list of persons who remain unvaccinated, Moreno said they are just waiting for the memo from the DILG.

“We are waiting for the memo but if that is the case, we should follow,” he said.

Moreno also welcomed reports that the Department of Health has updated its guidelines on quarantine and isolation periods for vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated persons who are infected or have been in close contact with a Covid-positive individual.

The DOH said the quarantine period for a vaccinated close-contact of a Covid-19 infected person will be shortened from seven days to just five days. But it will still be 14 days for a partially vaccinated or unvaccinated person who is exposed to a sick person.

“If that will come and if scientifically proven that is good. Just imagine I have a 344-bed capacity Covid hospital for mild cases. We are always waiting for 14-days, 10 days,” Moreno said.

“Kung halimbawa sa bilis ng impeksyon, kailangan laging may pasilidad as much as possible. If that is the case, kung magtutuloy-tuloy ‘yun at talagang ligtas para sa lahat susundin natin kapag ipinatupad then bibilis ang labas at pasok ng pasyente, magagamit natin ng magagamit ang ating pasilidad,” Moreno said.