The Makati City government has distributed gift certificates worth P37.743 million to some 37,743 fully vaccinated senior citizens in the city.
Mayor Abigail Binay said the P1,000 gift check was part of the city's initiatives to encourage senior citizens to get themselves inoculated against COVID-19.
“The P1K-gift check incentive was one of the strategic measures taken by my administration to encourage the elderly to have themselves vaccinated as early as possible. Our efforts have been rewarded because we have surpassed the target vaccination rate for their age group,” said Binay.
The Department of Health stated that Makati had achieved 105 percent of the target in priority group A2, which is for senior citizens.
Binay emphasized the importance of being fully vaccinated, especially during the Christmas season.
"Senior citizens are among the most at-risk groups for severe cases of COVID-19. It is comforting to know that they now have the full protection of the vaccine, and can enjoy the holidays with less worries,” she said. (See full story online at manilastandard.net)
The city chief executive also encouraged senior citizens to get their booster shots, so they have continuous protection against the virus.
DOH data show 9,774 senior citizens of Makati have received the booster shot.
"We are already giving booster shots for Makatizens who wish to avail (themselves) of it. It would be best if our senior citizens have their booster shots in time for the holidays,” she said.
Binay noted that the local government had ensured the regular door-to-door delivery of their free vitamins and maintenance medicines despite the pandemic.