NOW that the country has opened the vaccination to all Priority Group A4 or economic frontliners, business leaders in Cebu said there needs to be a national synchronization to achieve herd immunity.
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on Monday, June 7, 2021 said they have expanded the vaccinations to all workers.
Filipino-Cebuano Business Club chairman Rey Calooy said there needs to be fast-tracking of vaccinations not only in major cities but in the whole country.
“There should be a concerted effort, a national synchronization in the vaccination rollout. We are not only concerned with the regional economy. We are concerned with the national and the global economy as well because there is no such thing as an independent economy since we are dependent on each other,” Calooy said.
He said for an economy to recover, there should be national participation since regions support each other in terms of supply and demand.
Calooy said the economy cannot fully recover with just a limited market. He cited, for example, the rebound in domestic tourism.
“People from Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Mindanao should also be able to come to Cebu to jumpstart the tourism industry,” he said.
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu said the improved and accelerated arrivals of the vaccines against Covid-19, and the still prevalent vaccine hesitancy among those in the A1-A3 priority group categories, presumably led to the earlier start of the vaccination of those in group A4.
“Its consequent reclassification to include more types and kinds of economic and government frontliners is a very positive move to optimize vaccination efficiency and use up near-expiring vaccine doses,” Yu said.
For Mandaue City, which saw its vaccination rate surge in the last few days, Yu said the goal can be achieved when there are enough vaccines and enough people willing to be vaccinated.
“As more A4s get vaccinated, they become our role models/ambassadors which convince anti-vaxxers to become pro-vaxxers. As early as a few days ago, we could see a sea wave of change of heart from people, and they are now willing to be vaccinated because more and more of their friends/relatives had been vaccinated,” Yu said.
The constant vaccine awareness drives and the offering of incentives to vaccinated persons also helped a lot, he added.
“The future looks bright, and we need to ensure that we will have sufficient quantities of vaccines coming in regularly,” he said. (JOB)