Go: Welcome the New Year responsibly

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. Contribution photo

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reminded the public on Saturday to welcome the New Year responsibly to avoid an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography called on the population not to waste the government’s achievements in the fight against Covid-19.

He stressed the need to remain vigilant and disciplined to sustain certain successes achieved in 2021 in the fight against Covid-19.

In a previous interview, Go urged everyone to carefully consider how their actions may affect others, especially the elderly and the sick who are more vulnerable to Covid-19.

“We used to celebrate with our family [in welcoming the New Year]. Pero hindi pa normal ang panahon (But we are not in normal times) “, he underlined.

“You must not be in a hurry [in letting our guard down] because it’s still dangerous since Covid-19 is still around, especially now that there are new variants such as this Omicron variant, ”Go said.

He added that the initial success in tackling the spread of Covid-19 in the Philippines was only made possible by the commitment of the population to adhere to mandatory health and safety protocols.

He again urged everyone to continue wearing masks in public and to avoid crowded venues, among other things, to help maintain the gains the country has made in controlling the extent of the pandemic.

He added that one of the keys to protecting yourself and loved ones from Covid-19 is to get fully vaccinated against the virus.

The Department of Health said as of December 30, the government had administered 108.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Of those, 57.1 million Filipinos received their first dose while 49.6 million were fully immunized.

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