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Manila senior citizens urged to make health centers their first leg when going out with friends

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna calls on senior citizens to form groups of six and get their second booster shots. (JERRY S. TAN)

Owing to the continued low turnout of senior citizens who have availed of the second booster shot against COVID-19, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna is calling on senior citizens to make the health centers their first stop when they go out with their friends.

Lacuna noted that while the city government has already reached a high of 86.9 percent when it comes to the city’s elderly citizens getting the primary shots, the number of senior citizens that have taken the second booster shot is only at 20.60 percent. When it comes to the 18-59 aged group, Manila already exceeded 100 percent.

The mayor explained that while ten are needed to open a vial in the case of kids needing to get vaccinated, it is only six in the case of senior citizens.

“Tutal mahilig kayo mamasyal, barka-barkada, pasyalan nyo ang ating mga health center. Mag-form kayo ng anim sa grupo at gawing nyong first leg ang health center sa inyong pamamasyal,” Lacuna said.

She added: “Sana, ma-encourage natin ang ating mga lolo at lola, ito naman po ay libre. Tapos habang kayo po ay nasa health center, pa-profile na din kayo sa PhilHealth para lahat ng benefits maibigay sa inyo.”

Lacuna lamented that the Department of Health already opened the second booster to the general population and yet, the senior citizens who have been prioritized along with health frontliners and those who are immunocompromised, would not avail of it.

“Wag kayo magalit pag nagpunta kayo sa health center at di kayo mabakunahan. Dapat, sapat ang bilang. Kung may kilala kayo na di pa na-booster, yayain nyo sila para mabakunahan,” she explained.

The lady mayor, who is also a doctor, said the city is just awaiting the guidelines from the DOH regarding the deployment of second booster shots.

Lacuna also noted a sharp rise in the number of COVID cases in the city, compared to the figures in the past few weeks.

Citing records gathered by the city government, Lacuna said that the positivity rate in Sta. Ana Hospital alone is at 5.45 percent.

“Biglaan ang pagtaas ng COVID sa lungsod. Tumataas na naman. For the past few weeks, mababa, ngayon sunod-sunod na araw mataas ang cases, so ingat,” she said.

The mayor expressed hope that the city may already be able to give the second booster shots to the general population by the coming week.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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