Kuya Bong urges public to get vaccinated

It is imperative that we do not let up in the coming days ahead, especially with the Delta variant and other variants of concern spreading rapidly. I strongly urge every Filipino to cooperate with authorities, remain vigilant, and get vaccinated immediately in accordance with our guidelines.

September 7, 2021

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go stressed that the government has ensured that available COVID-19 vaccines in the country meet the international benchmarks for safety and efficacy as he urged the public to get vaccinated and trust the national vaccine program.

In a video message at a relief effort in Bacolod City and Salvador Benedicto in Negros Occidental on Thursday, 2 September, Go also reminded everyone to observe the mandated protocols in order to bring the number of COVID-19 cases under control and ensure that hospitals can treat those in need more efficiently.

I thank my fellow Davaoeño, Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, for his hard work in sponsoring this important legislation. More importantly, I want to express the gratitude of a nation to our firefighters for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of others.

We also continue to thank our frontliners who are putting themselves at risk to help others during these trying times. It is for this reason that President Duterte and I remain firmly committed to accelerating the vaccination campaign especially in critical areas, as well as in every corner of the country. This not only protects our people from Covid-19, but also helps relieve the burden on our health care system.

As of 11 September, the country has administered a total of more than 38.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Of the aforesaid figure, more than 16.7 million people are fully vaccinated while almost 21.9 million have received their first dose.

It is imperative that we do not let up in the coming days ahead, especially with the Delta variant and other variants of concern spreading rapidly. I strongly urge every Filipino to cooperate with authorities, remain vigilant, and get vaccinated immediately in accordance with our guidelines.

To address vaccine hesitancy and expedite the rollout, I recently recommended to the government to study the possibility of offering incentives to fully vaccinated individuals. Such incentives may include establishing “Bakuna Bubbles” or relaxing guidelines for fully vaccinated persons so they can engage in safe activities that can help boost the economy for as long as minimum health protocols are still followed.