Briones: Call for compliance

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The delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to rampage across the Philippine archipelago. If indeed, it is the culprit. But who else will the public blame for the recent rise in cases? And don’t forget the alarming number of deaths in the first 15 days of this month alone.

Although when you add the number of fatalities since the start of the health crisis over 16 months ago, which totals 30,462 as of Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, it has hardly made a dent on the country’s population of around 110 million.

As it stands, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 0.27 percent of Filipinos.

Then again, it’s easy to dismiss the severity of the situation by looking at the figures. But it’s entirely different when you examine the human cost.

So don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean any disrespect when I call for calm and prudence in dealing with the ongoing pandemic. I just think we need to look at the bigger picture.

My heart goes out to family and friends who have lost loved ones to the disease.

Hopefully, the full impact of the latest surge in Covid-19 cases has begun to hit home.

Already, the number of people who are willing to get vaccinated has gone up. Vaccination centers that were once empty are now almost filled to capacity.

The sad part is many have a sudden change of heart when they find out that the vaccine of their choice is not available.

The truth is, despite medical experts and authorities’ advice that vaccination is the best form of protection against hospitalization and death from Covid-19, there is still a large chunk of people who would rather take their chances and not get the jab because they’ve been convinced that the vaccine is not safe.

And yes, they are within their rights to refuse inoculation, even though getting vaccinated may be the only way of ending this nightmare.

Admittedly, the government has no control of the supply of vaccines, as it relies on shipments from abroad. That is why the vaccine rollout is intermittent in some places.

So when doses are available, don’t hesitate. Get the jab. And short of sounding like a broken record, continue to comply with minimum health standards. This goes out to those who are fully vaccinated, as well.

The World Health Organization has gone on record that proven public health and social measures prevent new infections and slow down the rate of transmission.

In other words, there is no excuse not to mask up, or observe social distancing.

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