Rep. Castelo calls for house-to-house vaccination

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By Billy Begas

House Assistant Majority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo on Wednesday urged the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the QC government to immediately launch house-to-house vaccination against COVID-19.

“Let us seek out residents who have not been vaccinated by knocking on their doors and offer them their preferred vaccine to help them protect themselves and others from the virus,” Castelo said.

She said many individuals have stayed away from vaccination sites for fear of catching the virus there.

“Others are waiting for the vaccine of their choice to become available, while the poor have no access to the internet, or if they have, their signal is spotty, making it hard for them to register online for vaccination,” Castelo added.

She said the IATF and the Quezon City government should also target those fully vaccinated who are waiting for their booster shots.

“This proposed house-to-house or door-to-door vaccination for both the unvaccinated and fully vaccinated awaiting their additional dose will protect our people against Omicron, which now accounts for most COVID-19 cases,” she stressed.

At the same time, Castelo urged the Department of Health (DOH) to provide QC and other local government units with sufficient supply of vaccines that have a higher uptake or wider acceptance.

“Let’s face it, people naturally prefer vaccines with higher efficacy. The DOH has come out with a list of mix-and-match vaccines and people are free to choose which brand they think would better protect them,” she said.

By this time, Castelo said the LGUs should already know which vaccines most of its residents opt for and should ask the DOH for enough supply.