Persons with comorbidities and senior citizens in Negros Occidental may soon receive booster shots against COVID-19.
“As soon as we have the green light from the national government, we will start administering third shots of vaccines to those with comorbidities, and senior citizens,” Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.
The Department of Health said that medical frontliners, persons with comorbidities, and senior citizens will receive the booster shots starting Nov. 15.
While there is no go signal yet for the booster shot rollout in the provinces, Lacson said the Capitol will focus on the vaccination campaign and will bring the vaccines to the barangay level.
“What is important is really for us to wrap up our vaccination, this time, going directly to the barangay captains, and putting the responsibility on them to create the demand for vaccine in their barangays,” he stressed.
Lacson said he is in favor of the mandatory vaccination for all government employees.
“As long as it is legal, I prefer that we make it mandatory,” he stressed. “I’m just wondering, if it is legal, why there’s no national law to make it mandatory for everyone.”
Lacson also noted that the Department of Interior and Local Government even pushed for ordinances or even executive orders from mayors and governors regarding the mandatory inoculation. — GB