Teodoro pushes ramped up vax program

FORMER Defense secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. on Friday called on the government to expedite and increase focus on the mass vaccination program.

Teodoro, a Senate candidate, said that it is through mass vaccination that the country can mitigate the rapid spread of Covid-19.

FORMER Defense secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

FORMER Defense secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

He stressed that social distancing, though an effective means, is not applicable in many areas, as houses are built very close to each other and sanitation facilities are wanting.

He said it is unfortunate that some people cannot even afford and acquire alcohol, sanitizers and other disinfectants.

Teodoro, a former Tarlac congressman, acknowledged the Department of Health project “National Covid-19 Vaccination Day” but, at the same time, urged that this be conducted as a continuing program and not just for a number of days.

He said in typhoon-ravaged areas the priority is recovery, but vaccination is essential just the same.

As of January 12, the government has administered more than 116 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Some 53.9 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated while almost 58.3 million have received their first dose. More than 4.1 million have obtained their booster shots.

The need for increased vaccination coverage became even more apparent following the surge in Covid-19 infections during the holiday season and the entry of the Omicron variant in the country.

The Health department logged 37,207 new cases on Friday, January 14, its highest single day tally since the pandemic started.