Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion supports Galvez’s recommendation to prioritize vaccination in high risk areas, particularly in the National Capital Region.
According to the Go Negosyo founder, NCR Plus—which includes Cavite, Rizal, Batangas and Laguna—contains the “entire economy” and “70 percent of the [economic] engine.”
The private sector’s 17-million-dose AstraZeneca vaccine donations would also go to NCR. An initial 1.3 million doses will come in June and there will be monthly deliveries thereafter.
Their initiative, Let’s Go Bakuna, is already being implemented, but Concepcion noted that the only issue remaining is vaccine confidence among employees.
Vaccine acceptance varies per company, he said. In case of adverse events during and after vaccination, workers would be provided the necessary leave time.
“This is the only way they can keep their jobs,” he explained. “If we prolong this close, open, close, open running of the country, we will definitely suffer.” He added that minimum health protocols—mask-and-shield-wearing and social distancing—could only buy time, but is not the ultimate solution.
Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. who filed the bill for mandatory vaccination, clarified that he hoped employees would make their own decisions, however, if the turnout comes up below 70%, he said: “Then I think the government should take that seriously.”
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