IMPOSING a "no vaccination, no entry" policy in Davao City "will severely affect the local economy," Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday, December 6.
In a radio interview, Duterte-Carpio is not keen on adapting the said proposed policy, despite some local government units (LGUs) in the country implementing stricter measures on unvaccinated individuals.
"Sa atoa, wala pa ta sa ingon ana (In our city, we still don’t have that policy) because it will severely affect the local economy," the mayor said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.
She emphasized that there is a need to balance the economy and the health protocols.
"We still need to balance our local economy and the movement of goods and people. So wala pata’y ingon ana nga discussion nga 'no vaccination, no entry’ sa siyudad sa Davao (There is still no discussion on the 'no vaccination, no entry’ in Davao City)," Duterte-Carpio said.
The mayor made the statement in response to Cebu City's mandate of imposing a "no vaccination, no entry" policy in business establishments.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has given residents until December 31 to complete their Covid-19 vaccine shots as the city government will start disallowing unvaccinated people from entering local business establishments after the deadline.
President Rodrigo Duterte, the Davao City mayor's father, urged local government units to impose policies restricting unvaccinated individuals from entering establishments.
Duterte said in his public address aired Tuesday evening, November 23, that he wants people who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19 banned from entering restaurants and resorts.
“Kailangan talaga lahat mabakunahan. Ang mga ayaw (There is a need to vaccinate everyone. Those who will refuse, they should not be allowed inside public restaurants or resorts because they are a threat to public health and the safety of the general public,” the President said.
Meanwhile, the mayor said the city is targeting to administer 140,945 first doses to achieve herd immunity before the end of the year.
"We are looking at 140,945 first doses [to achieve herd immunity] assuming that we have 15 days na lang nabilin (left)... We hope that we will be able to finish all the first doses of the 70 percent target herd immunity of the population by year-end," Duterte-Carpio said.
Photo by Mark Perandos
December 06, 2021
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