MANILA – Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion bats for continuous vaccination drive both for primary and booster shots.
During the Laging Handa public briefing Tuesday, Concepcion said the country might lose its gains on building up immunity against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) if it softens its efforts in giving booster shots.
He noted that the efficacy of vaccines wanes at around four to five months, thus rolling out booster shots is critical.
“The good part if you are vaccinated, it will be mild and you can just stay at home, get well, and eventually go out,” he said.
Concepcion, also Go Negosyo founder, reiterated the call of the private sector to de-escalate next month the alert level system to Alert Level 1, which should be considered as the “new normal”.
However, the government should look into the vaccination rates of provinces as those with inoculation rates of at least 70 percent are advised to further reopen, he added.
With the possible move to Alert Level 1 in March, Concepcion is seeing a big boost in economic activities that will support gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the first two quarters of the year.
“This is the last four months of this administration, and I think we should end it with a bang -- with low Covid-19 cases and high GDP growth,” he said in Filipino. (PNA)