Vergeire: “Ayaw na ho nating bumalik sa dating estado”
VERGEIRE – Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that Christmas in the Philippines will be “totally different” this year.
On Wednesday, she said that the Philippines may see a better Christmas this year considering the higher vaccination rate among Filipinos and more prepared hospitals.
She recalled how hospitals became full of patients because of the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant in 2021. Back then, people were also lining up in order to get supplies of oxygen tanks.
Also, she stressed the importance of protection that COVID-19 vaccines give against severe forms of coronavirus disease.
“Ayaw na ho nating bumalik sa dating estado,” she said. “Ngayon, laging tinatanong sa ‘kin kung kamusta ang Pasko natin ngayong 2022 kumpara sa Pasko noong 2021 at 2020. Lagi kong sinasagot it will be totally different.”
She added that Christmas will be different this year because Filipinos have complete guards to fight against COVID-19.
Vergeire made the statement during the last leg of the government’s “Bakunahang Bayan” COVID-19 vaccination drive set from December 5-7, 2022, aimed to vaccinate more children aged 5-11 and to also give booster shots to the rest of the population.
Citing DOH’s national COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, GMA News reported that at least 73.7 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease while 21 million have received their COVID-19 booster shots.
Also, Vergeire pointed out the availability of anti-viral medicines that COVID-infected individuals could take so that their coronavirus symptoms wouldn’t progress.