Metro Manila mayors ask IATF: Ease restrictions for fully vaxxed persons

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The Metro Manila Council (MMC), which is composed of all mayors in the National Capital Region, want some restrictions eased for fully vaccinated individuals to spur economic activity.

The mayors unanimously approved a resolution urging the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) “consider the easing of the COVID-19 guidelines for full-vaccinated individuals in the NCR subject to the conduct of an inter-agency and inter-disciplinary study to determine the appropriate policy therefore based on scientific and empirical evidence.”

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos, who is also the concurrent chair of the MMC, expressed confidence that the government can “find the right balance between safeguarding the public’s health and reviving economy.”

He said mayors expect 87 percent of NCR’s population to be vaccinated in 3 months’ time or not later than December 8.

“By next month (Oct. 8), we are expecting that we will reach 77.57 percent or 7,601,685 of the total eligible population in the metro to be fully-vaccinated. The more people who complete their inoculation, the sooner we can achieve population protection,” Abalos said.