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Mayor Honey: Being fully vaccinated, boosted, best protection now that face mask is voluntary

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna calls on the public to get vaccinated with the mandatory wearing of face masks already made voluntary. (JERRY S. TAN)

WITH the wearing of face masks outdoors now already made voluntary, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna said she aims to strengthen the city’s vaccination efforts even more, as she reminded Manilans that with the face mask mandate already lifted, the best protection now would be to get fully vaccinated and boosted.

“Lagi po nating tatandaan… dahil walang mask, ang best protection ay pagiging fully vaccinated at booster bilang pinakamabisang panlaban sa COVID-19,” she said.

Lacuna also stressed that the mandatory wearing of masks remains in closed areas.

“Sa mga lugar na kahit open pero sa tingin natin siksikan lalo na parating ang Kapaskuhan, ka kahit open space, ang suggestion ko, kung may pangamba kayo, magsuot pa rin ng face mask, kasi voluntary lang naman ang di pagsuot,” she said.

Lacuna particularly cited the anticipated crowd situation in the busy Divisoria and Recto areas specially with the onset of the Christmas season.

“Yan ang kagandahan ng kumpleto ang bakuna…para free na kayong gawin ‘yung mga dati na ninyong ginagawa lalo na at parating ang Kapaskuhan,” she said, adding that the the vaccines currently available and being used now are Sinovac, Pfizer and Astra Zeneca.

According to Lacuna, the number of fully vaccinated in Manila has already reached 1,637,191 with over 3.5 million total of vaccines administered so far.

Since the pandemic began, Lacuna had been advocating that “vaccination is the solution,” saying it is still the best defense against the coronavirus and if one still gets infected, it would just be mild or asymptomatic case.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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