My wife is among those that the barangay has scheduled for vaccination today. Health workers will use the popular Pfizer-made vaccines. With my experience with my two jabs of the Sinovac earlier, the family will be more prepared this time around. I initially thought my two sons would be included, but their vaccination schedule will be much later. My wife reports for work every day, except on Saturdays and Sundays.
The original plan was for her employer, businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, to buy vaccine jabs for his workers nationwide. But the plan did not materialize apparently because of stringent government regulation and the cost of procuring these. So we have to grab this opportunity provided by the government. At least another one in the family will be given protection against the coronavirus.
There will be no forcing us to have ourselves vaccinated, like what President Duterte is doing when he warned that those who refuse to have themselves inoculated would be arrested. There won’t also be a need to dangle incentives in front of us. My family is enlightened enough to see the need to be protected from the coronavirus and its variants.
If we want to be protected from the feared second surge in infections, vaccination is the way to go. Plus, of course, strict adherence to health protocols and government-imposed measures. I thus commend Gov. Gwen Garcia for giving resolution to her conflict with the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF on the protocols that arriving travellers should follow at the airport. The IATF protocols will be followed instead of the ones laid down by the Province of Cebu. The President also made sure of that.
The one remaining problem is the case filed in court by some Cebu lawyers. President Duterte earlier warned that he would ignore the declaratory relief that the lawyers asked, should the court grant it. That would be in keeping with the Duterte persona but bad for the overall effort to battle the pandemic. What we want is a unified effort, not a discordant one.
While we do want a hassle-free reentry for returning overseas Filipinos, that shouldn’t be at the expense of the locals’ full protection from the virus. The Delta variant of the virus can infect people 60 percent more easily, which is worrisome considering our fragile health care system. Just one virus straying in our midst and that would be disastrous, like what the India experience has shown us.
Some of my neighbors with comorbidities have already been given their first jab of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. They are not complaining of side effects like what I went through recently after my second Sinovac jab. I hope my wife won’t be having side effects after today. That has always been what has worried some barangay folks with the government’s vaccination program, especially with some anti-vaccine narratives circulating in the Internet.
We are in a race of sorts against the virus. All our efforts should be focused on winning this race. Let us therefore cooperate with the government’s vaccination effort.