Eleazar Urges LGUs: Offer Vaccines To Non-Constituents
Senatorial aspirant and former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar made the recommendation amid reports that while some local government units have enough COVID-19 vaccines, some were having trouble with insufficient supply.
Local government units (LGUs) should start opening their respective anti-COVID-19 vaccination sites to non-constituents in nearby towns and cities in order to cover as many Filipinos if they have excess vaccines, senatorial aspirant and former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar said.
Eleazar made the recommendation amid reports that while some LGUs have enough COVID-19 vaccines, some nearby LGUs were having trouble with insufficient supply.
“As the government is determined to vaccinate all Filipinos, it would be nice if LGUs would accept walk-ins from nearby provinces or municipalities,” he said in Filipino.
“The reality on the ground – or based on reports I’ve been receiving – there are LGUs with excess vaccines and there are people who want to get inoculated but cannot because of limited supply in their LGUs,” he added.
Eleazar lauded some LGUs, especially in Metro Manila and urban areas, that have offered vaccination to non-constituents.
He said it is important for the government to reach its target of inoculating at least 54 million Filipinos by the end of 2021 so the country can attain population protection.
“This is where proper coordination among adjacent LGUs comes in handy. Those coming from nearby towns are accommodated in the vaccination program,” he pointed out.
“There is now enough supply of vaccines, that’s why I’m appealing to LGUs to distribute them among LGUs with inadequate doses. Let’s help each other,” the former police chief said.
Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega previously stated that the Philippines could increase its COVID-19 immunity target from 70% of the population to 90%, amid the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 like Omicron.