Escalate vaccination efforts, PRC urges
Manila Bulletin|May 16, 2021
Inclusion of frontliners’ families, household members in priority list pushed
MERLINA HERNANDO-MALIPOT

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) called on the government to intensify its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination efforts to ensure that more Filipinos will be protected against the deadly virus.

“The government really has to intensify its immunization efforts, also because 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca [vaccine] are set to expire next month,” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard J. Gordon said in a statement issued Saturday, May 15.

“We might lose a lot of vaccines and leave a lot of Filipinos still unprotected from the virus,” he added.

The PRC has expressed readiness to mobilize its 103 chapters nationwide to vaccinate Filipinos against the COVID-19 to significantly increase the national government’s latest 7-day average of 67,780 vaccinated individuals, Gordon said.

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