Wenceslao: The race

Bong O. Wenceslao
·3 min read

A cabal of similarly-minded people--who are most probably the ignoramuses among us--are currently spreading fear and worry about the vaccines being rolled out by countries around the world to finally end the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused misery among peoples everywhere. The democratization of the spread of information, and yes, disinformation because of advances in technology has made possible the slowing down of efforts to normalize the situation worldwide. In the Philippines, it is not disinformation which is the main problem, though, but resources. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been slow in rolling out the vaccines even as the private sector and local government units have expressed their intention to help

In Cebu, the starting gun has been fired for a race, sort of, involving the vaccine rollout and the start of vaccination efforts. A resurgence of Covid-19 cases has reminded officials of the urgency of the speedy rollout of the 77 vaccines. In the US, January saw a record number of infections and deaths, but these have gone down this month as states rolled out the vaccines. Which only proves the cabal of ignoramuses wrong. The vaccines are, after all, effective against the coronavirus.

I am one of those eagerly waiting for the rollout of the vaccines. It seems like seniors like me would be given priority in the rollout. My wife, who is still working, has an employer that is willing to buy doses of vaccines for its employees. That should solve the other problem. The problem of the vaccination of my two sons should be given a solution by the government soon.

In the meantime, we will have to continue to strictly follow protocols. I have observed a loosening up on this during my recent visit to Cebu City. It has even afflicted me a number of times recently. It is only when conversations become animated and saliva is flying that I am reminded of the most important protocol, which is the wearing of a face mask. The other protocols are social distancing and regular use of disinfectants, among others.

Health authorities even warn against complacency even after vaccination, especially in the early days after it, when the body is still learning how to fight the coronavirus invasion. One should still follow the protocols even after one is immunized, or even at least in the few weeks after vaccination. By the way, health authorities are still finding out how the variants of the virus will affect the effectiveness of the vaccines.

The spiking of the cases of coronavirus infections in Cebu can be arrested in a number of ways, including the government going back on lockdown mode, which is not yet advisable considering that we are still in the process of rebuilding the economy. But each of us being conscious of the protocols should help. Mass discipline is difficult to implement, true, so constant education is needed. We do not always have the police to force us to follow the protocols. Doing that on our own volition is less taxing.