The DILG told political aspirants not to turn the 3-day National Vaccination Days into campaign sorties.
DILG – The Department of the Interior and Local Government told political aspirants not to turn the three-day National Vaccination Days into campaign sorties.
On Sunday, the DILG warned political aspirants for both local and national positions from turning vaccination sites for the three-day National Vaccination Days into campaign sortie areas.
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, displaying tarpaulins bearing the names of the politicians or any political aspirants and wooing their supporters at the vaccination sites were strictly prohibited citing this was to be non-partisan activity.
Malaya warned that the Department of the Interior and Local Government will issue show-cause orders against politicians and political aspirants found violating the minimum health standards.
The government was hard-pressed to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 within this year with the goal of inoculating 9 million qualified individuals in 3 days.
Previously, the aim was to get 5 million individuals vaccinated per day during the three-day vaccination process, but the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to trim down the target to 3 million individuals per day.
The DILG spokesperson said in an interview on GMA News that “57, 58 percent’’ individuals got their first dose at present.
“Sana after three days 70 percent na yan. Yan ang target natin, 70 percent first dose so we are at 44.5 million doses right now,” Malaya said.
Malaya also pointed out that DILG Secretary Eduardo Año’s last reminder to the local government units (LGUs) before the National Vaccination Days was to deploy their contact tracers to the vaccination sites during the massive vaccination activity.
He noted that Año also issued a directive that will make use of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the 3-day vaccination process in order to make up for the shortage in manpower for this purpose.
Malaya also confirmed being in Surigao del Norte to assist the mayors and health officials in the CARAGA Region to prepare for the three-day National Vaccination Days.