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Gov. Defensor shuns Covid-19 vaccine mandates, but

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The Province of Iloilo does not need to implement a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for now, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said.

But, Defensor said he remains open to the possibility of enforcing such policy.

While he was open to requiring vaccinations for people to participate in high-risk activities, the governor cited the challenge of implementation. (https://bit.ly/3zUMYdI)

He also does not see the mandate necessary because this was already being implemented by the guidelines of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

“The cornerstone of the Covid-19 Alert Level system is the management and the regulation of high-risk activities. We are not stopping establishments and other necessities, just the high-risk ones. For the good of everyone, [vaccine mandates] are a good idea, although implementing it is another thing,” according to him.

Meanwhile, Defensor believes that the province’s immunization program is on a positive trajectory, with more vaccinators to be hired within January.

“We have requested vaccines, and there are now [pending] deliveries based on our requests. In terms of our percentages, we are doing well. We hired around 1,000 vaccinators to add to our municipalities, and they continue to work right now, that’s why we are moving relatively fast. We will be adding more at the end of the month,” he added.

As of January 13, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office reported 886,421 fully vaccinated individuals in the province, while 1.075 million received at least their first dose.

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