Well, it seems like we have another ID to think of renewing as the Philippine government is eyeing to put an expiration date on COVID-19 vaccination cards now.
This action seems to address the problem of Filipinos stopping at just the 2nd dose and not having the booster shots.
In short, it is an action to encourage more people to get their booster shot.
“Well, isa po iyan sa pinag-uusapan namin ngayon, iyong, again, inuulit ko, iyong mga istratehiya on the policy side para iyong tao ay ma-force ‘no na magpabakuna or magpa-boosters,”-DILG UNDERSECRETARY EPIMACO DENSING
He further stated that it is already a possibility that 6 months after your 2nd dose and you still haven’t had your booster shot, said vaccination card is already expired or will automatically expire.
As of April 3 in the government data:
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-1966,125,962 individuals
- Received their booster doses- at least 12,154,567 individuals
Densing also said that this number of boosters though are mostly from the National Capital Region and that most people of the South still need convincing. People from places like Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and some provinces.
There is also a worry within the government with 27 million COVID-19 vaccines procured by the national government and the private sector are set to expire in July as stated by Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion on Monday, April 4.
We once sough after these vaccines as we had limited supply before but now we have plenty and we have to make use of them as much as possible for us to have a chance of beating this pandemic.