MANILA, Philippines – The private sector is gearing up for the expected mass vaccination in June once the supply of COVID-19 vaccines specifically, AstraZeneca, arrives in the country.
According to Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Secretary Joey Concepcion, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III already issued a memorandum encouraging employers and workers in the private sector to get vaccinated.
Concepcion believes that vaccination is the only solution to the country’s pandemic and economic problems.
“Every citizen has to do their civic duty to take the vaccine. That is the only way,” he said.
Together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Concepcion said they have launched the ‘Let’s Go Bakuna’ campaign to address vaccine misinformation and boost confidence among employees.
He said vaccination should cover 100 percent of the workers’ sector to be able to achieve herd immunity.
“Kasi kung 70 percent lang ng mga empleyedo ang magpapabakuna, hindi natin ma-achieve ang herd immunity sa bansa natin. Iyong factory safety natin ay 70 percent lang, paano ang mangyayri sa 30 percent? Iyong 30 percent ay pwede pa ring ma-infect ang nasa 70 percent kasi ang efficacy ng mga bakuna hindi naman 100 percent,” he explained.
Concepcion said around 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to arrive in batches in June this year.
“That is going to help about close to 100 companies,” he said adding that the first and second batches of mass vaccination for workers are expected in June and July, respectively.
“Ang mga logistics providers ang magde-deliver sa vaccination centers na pinili ng private sector,” he added.
Companies may tap private sector implementers to facilitate the inoculation of their workers.
“We have about over 200 private companies that will do the vaccine implementation. Lahat iyan nakahanda na,” Concepcion assured.
“Vaccine confidence and vaccine implementation, iyon ang kailangan natin gawin. The faster we implement it, the faster we stop this infection,” he said.