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Marcos renews call for Covid shots, boosters



President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who has recovered from a second bout of Covid-19, has renewed his call for the public to receive vaccinations and booster doses.

In particular, booster shots not only boost immunity against severe Covid infection, but also prepare for face-to-face classes resuming next month, Marcos said.

In a video message on his official Facebook page, the President said that if he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and boosted, his symptoms could have been “much worse” than a mild fever and an itchy throat.

Marcos reiterated that vaccine effectiveness has been scientifically proven and said MalacaƱang will now work closely with the Department of Health (DoH), the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Education (DepEd) to expand information dissemination about the mass vaccination of the government against Covid-19.

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He ruled out new legislation to revive the vaccination program and said one was free to choose whether or not to be bitten, but stressed that vaccination offered another strong layer of protection against the virus.

He then revealed that he had resumed work at the palace after completing his mandatory isolation.

Current Covid-19 alert levels across the country were at the status quo over the weekend after their July 15 coverage deadline.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emering Infectious Diseases will meet today, July 18, to review metrics, set new alert levels and “continue to monitor the status of the pandemic.”

The President is also expected to meet with relevant DoH office Rosario Vergeire on Monday for a briefing on the Covid situation.

Meanwhile, five provinces have been flagged by OCTA Research with a “very high” Covid-19 positivity rate on July 15, exceeding the 20 percent mark.

Aklan recorded a positivity rate of 31.9 percent, up from 26.9 percent on July 9. Tarlac also saw a significant increase in the Covid-19 positivity rate from 16.7 percent to 27.5 percent.

The positivity rate in Pampanga was 23.5 percent, in Nueva Ecija it was 22.9 percent, and in Laguna it was 22.5 percent.

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region, Antique, Batangas, Bulacan, Capiz, Cavite, Iloilo, Isabela, Pangasinan and Rizal also recorded Covid-19 positivity rates above 10 percent as of July 15.

The World Health Organization has set the benchmark for Covid-19 positivity at 5 percent to indicate the infection is under control.

OCTA research fellow Dr. Guido David advised the public in a tweet on Sunday to exercise the necessary caution to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

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