[PODCAST] Beyond the Stories: Bakit importante ang herd immunity laban sa COVID-19?

[PODCAST] Beyond the Stories: Bakit importante ang herd immunity laban sa COVID-19?
Ano ang herd immunity at kailan ito maaabot ng Pilipinas?

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Patuloy ang pagbabakuna laban sa coronavirus sa iba’t ibang panig ng Pilipinas, ngunit nahuhuli pa rin ang bansa kung ikukumpara sa ating mga karatig-bansa sa Southeast Asia.

Ang bakuna laban sa coronavirus ang nakikitang paraan para maabot ang herd immunity.

Sa podcast episode na ito, tatalakayin nina Rappler reporters Sofia Tomacruz at Dwight de Leon, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan kung bakit importante ang herd immunity laban sa coronavirus.

Tinututukan ni Tomacruz ang pandemic response ng national government, samantalang binabantayan naman ni De Leon ang local government units (LGUs).

Ano ba ang role ng LGUs sa rollout? Ayon kay De Leon:

The role of LGU is very significant. The national government receives the vaccine supply from other countries and the global vaccine sharing facility, which is COVAX, but the local government units are in charge of administering these vaccines to the people. Alam din nila kung ano ang feelings ng kanilang constituents when it comes to the vaccines, like are they hesitant to take it? What exactly are their reservations about [the] vaccines? What other factors might hamper their access to these shots, and what must be done to address these concerns? We have national guidelines on the vaccine rollout, but at the end of the day, it’s the LGUs that have [a] bigger responsibility to ensure that the people benefit from the vaccines.

Ayon kay Tomacruz, malabo pang maabot ang herd immunity sa bansa ngayong 2021. Ano ang posibleng mangyari kung mananatiling mabagal ang vaccine rollout sa Pilipinas? Ayon sa kanya:

Aside from wasted vaccines being one of the worst case scenarios, the return to normalcy can be delayed even further. Of course, it’s been hard for all of us, but that’s really scary to think about na made-delay pa further. Every day that you don’t get to return to normal sooner than you can, it means somebody is left behind even further. Mas nagiging unequal. It drives further inequities that are already present in our country. People need to go back to work, people need to be able to earn a living more stably, and to return to normal so they can support themselves and their families.

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