Albay Rep. Salceda: Bicol’s COVID-19 vaccine supply needs boosting

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Albay Rep. Joey Salceda is lamenting the insufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Bicol Region.

In a statement Sunday, Salceda said that Bicol’s vaccine supply is still in need of boosting.

“Region-wide, we are just at 10 percent of the population vaccinated. That’s among the lowest in the country. We need help,” Salceda said.

Salceda also warned that “the lack of vaccines could threaten the strength of our response.”

“Our COVID-19 response in the 2nd district of Albay has been hailed by the DOH and other groups as a model to follow. But it could go wrong with the lack of vaccines.”

“Look at the example of Vietnam. They were among the best in the world for minimum health standards and non-pharmaceutical interventions. They are now facing among the world’s worst surges because of a lack of vaccines, not because of neglect on the part of their government,” Salceda continued.

The Albay solon stressed the importance of allocating more vaccines in regions that are undervaccinated.

“In places that are starting to get saturated, of course vaccine demand will plateau. I assure you, get more vaccines in Bicol, and you will see faster vaccination.”