Dizon rejects ‘no booster card, no entry’ requirement in NCR, cites low booster rates

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By Prince Golez

Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Vince Dizon opposes the proposal requiring customers to present their Covid-19 booster vaccination cards upon entry to establishments in Metro Manila.

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion earlier suggested that people in Metro Manila should be compelled to show their vaccination documentation, including booster cards, to access services and businesses.

“I don’t think now is the right time to require booster cards in establishments,” Dizon told CNN Philippines’ The Source Monday.

Citing the “very low” booster numbers, the official asked the private sector to encourage their employees to get a booster dose.

“If they can push their employees and workers to get booster shots that would further increase these numbers in the coming weeks. But right now, I don’t think [the proposal] is impossible at this point,” he added.

Data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard showed that 7,870,281 Filipinos have already received their booster shots as of February 3.