Sen. Bong Go called on the government to grant cash incentives to vaccinated Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) participants in order to encourage more of them to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
“I appeal to President Duterte to give cash incentives to encourage 4Ps members to get vaccinated immediately. Though vaccination is not compulsory, we continue to encourage them be-cause vaccination is the only key toward returning to normal life,”Go said in Filiipino statement.
As of Oct. 29, just around 16 percent of the 4.17 million active 4Ps recipients had been vaccinated, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Life is hard these days. Let’s not make it harder for our countrymen or force them. Let’s help and make them understand the importance of getting vaccinated. Let’s make information and services more accessible to them so that lives and livelihood are equally protected,”Go further stated.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary of Science and Technology Rowena Guevara stated that the Department of Science and Technology is still waiting for the FDA’s approval to begin the vaccination mix and match trial throughout the country, which would involve around 3,000 individual responses.