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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Iligan City Mayor Frederick Siao reassured residents Thursday that coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)  booster shots are not mandatory but still "encouraged."

Siao issued the clarification following the furor created by his Executive Order (EO) No. 12-A, which contained language that appears to make the booster shots compulsory for government employees and workers assigned in public places.

Part of the OE's title reads: "Enjoining City of Iligan Contractors, Operators, Employees in the Local and National Offices..."

"Enjoining only means 'encouraging' that we should get booster shots, as what was instructed by the national IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) to all local government units," he said.

Siao underscored the importance of those in the public and private sectors who are constantly in contact with the public to be fully vaccinated, including booster doses.

The EO also covers individuals in the academe and barangay officials.

The clarification came after the EO also drew criticisms online when a local mall reportedly required those entering its premises to be boosted with Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA)