SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has called on local government units (LGUs) to inoculate senior citizens right in their homes.
The chairman of the Senate health and demography committee made the call during the launch of the 118th Malasakit Center at the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital-Maramag in Maramag, Bukidnon.
He said LGUs must explore the possibility of doing house-to-house vaccinations particularly for senior citizens who have difficulty going outside their homes.
"I am calling on the LGUs to go house-to-house. Our senior citizens cannot go out of their homes; they are afraid to go out and travel to the vaccination center," Go said in English and Filipino.
He said the country has 18 million senior citizens, and there is a backlog in inoculating them because vaccines are in short supply.
He advised members of priority groups not to fear getting a shot and to fear the virus instead.
Go also asked essential workers to get inoculated now that the government has started vaccinating members of the A4 priority group in critical areas at risk of case surges. He said jabbing essential workers will help in the recovery of the economy.
As of June 7, the Philippines has administered more than 6 million doses. It has received 9,329,050 doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far and was expecting more than 2 million more on June 10.
More than 10 million doses are expected to arrive this month.