Thanks Mayor Romualdez for his shots

ENCOURAGE. Palo Archbishop John Du appeals to the public to get the vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as he disclosed that he has com- pleted the shots through the aid of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez. Photo shows the prelate giving recognition to the city mayor of award after the Pontifical Mass in light of the city’s 132nd fiesta celebration last June 30. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY- Archbishop John Du of the Archdiocese of Palo appealed to the public to get the vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The prelate made this call during his homily as he presided the Pontifical Mass on Wednesday (June 30) for this city’s 132nd annual fiesta at the Santo Niño Church.
Archbishop Du disclosed that he has already completed the two doses though he did not reveal when he received the vaccine except to say that he got it through the help of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
“Don’t be afraid to get the vaccine. I am done with my second dose, thanks to the city government, of Mayor Romualdez,” he said.
“Of course, we believe in God but God said that we will help you but you have to help yourself also. Don’t say that God will take care of me; He will protect me. If you are exposing yourself to danger and you are not careful, the Lord will say that you are careless,” Du added.
He particularly asked the medical workers and frontliners, those with existing illnesses, and seniors to get the vaccine.
“Have faith. Our government is working very hard for our own welfare; for our own good. We have to cooperate,” Archbishop Du said.
Tacloban City has been experiencing a surge of COVID-19 for the past weeks now with its current case now stand at 3,851 with 47 new cases as reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday.
Mayor Romualdez has repeatedly called the Taclobanons to always follow all the minimum health protocols as the best way to fight the infection.
He insisted that no form of quarantine could help slow down the infection if the public will not follow the protocols being imposed by the DOH.
“It (boils down to) discipline of our people,” Romualdez said.
Meantime, Ormoc City has received the Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines on Thursday (July 1), the only local government unit in the region to be provided with such vaccine.
The Department of Health (DOH) in the region said that it was the national task force against COVID-19 which identified Ormoc to be the recipient of the 2,400 doses of Gamaleya Sputnik V.
Ormoc City was also the only local government unit in the region to receive 1,170 doses of Pfizer last June 22.
Jelyn Lopez Malibago, DOH regional information officer, said that the Russian-manufactured vaccine will be administered for A1 to A3 or for the frontliners, senior citizens and with comorbidities.
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez earlier expressed his gratitude to the DOH for providing them additional vaccines other the Sinovac and AstraZeneca.
“They have seen our preparation and inoculation structure as well-laid out,” he said in a statement.
Based on the DOH, 14,842 individuals in Ormoc City have been inoculated of which 3,383 of them receiving the second doses.
The city, just like in some areas in the region, is seeing a spike of COVID-19 cases.
At present, 1,681 total COVID-19 cases with 11 new cases logged on Thursday. The city posted 30 deaths due to COVID-19 complications.
Meantime, the total COVID-19 cases of the region has breached the 30,000 mark on Thursday since the start of the pandemic last year with 268 fresh cases as reported by the DOH.
As of Friday(July2), the region has now 30,571 total cases of  27,809 considered as recovered and 2,372 as active cases.
The total deaths of the region since the start of the pandemic is now at 390.