Metro Manila mayors urge IATF to ease rules on fully vaccinated residents

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

Mayors in the National Capital Region are calling for eased restrictions on individuals already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in order to help revive the economy. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8) — Mayors in the National Capital Region are calling for eased restrictions on individuals already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in order to help revive the economy.

In a statement on Thursday, the Metro Manila Council told the Inter-Agency Task Force that it is confident it can balance protecting the public's health and boosting industries.

The council said it approved a resolution asking the IATF to "consider the easing of the COVID-19 guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals in the NCR subject to the conduct of an inter-agency and inter-disciplinary study to determine the appropriate policy therefore based on scientific and empirical evidence."

As of Sept. 8, 56% of the eligible population - or 5,492,344 persons - in the capital region have completed their vaccine doses. Meanwhile, 84.21% of the eligible population - or 8,262,558 individuals - have received their first shot.

By next month, the council projects that the number of fully vaccinated residents will increase to 77.57%, or 7,601,685 people. In three months' time, or not later than December 8, mayors said 87% will be vaccinated, taking into account the 12-week interval between AstraZeneca doses.

Earlier, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion also proposed transportation bubbles for the fully vaccinated. Malacanang has said it is open to the idea should Metro Manila reach population protection - which means at least 50% have completed their coronavirus shots.