TACLOBAN CITY- “Take a rest after getting the COVID-19 shot.”
Thus said Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez as he reminded Taclobanons during a press briefing held on January 20, at the City Hall as cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city continue to increase.
He further asked help from the media to use their platform in conveying the message to the people about the importance of taking a rest for five to seven days after getting the vaccine, may it be the first dose, second dose, or booster shot.
“Rest. Give your body time to recognize the vaccine and build up antibodies,” he said, pointing out how the immune system drops after getting the shot which gives one a greater chance to contract a virus especially that it is still flu season.
Seeing the trend of transmission happening inside the homes, Mayor Romualdez emphasized the need to check on each family member.
“This is the time that family members look out for each other. It’s about time to pay attention sa iyong kapatid. Pay attention to your mom, to your dad. Magtulungan kayo dito. Hindi ninyo pwedeng pabayaan ang isa’t-isa, “ the mayor said.
“I don’t want to do drastic measures in locking down the city. Malayo pa tayo d’yan, pero baka umabot tayo d’yan kung hindi tayo mag-iingat,” Mayor Romualdez added.
With 60 new cases reported on Monday (Jan.24) by the Department of Health (DOH)-EV, Tacloban City has currently 697 active COVID-19 cases.
However, with the 5-11 years old kids included in the population to be vaccinated starting February, the city government is hopeful for a much stronger immunity in the community.
Meanwhile, let us remain vigilant and observant of the minimum health protocols. Wearing of facemask, maintaining physical distance, and keeping the immune system strong are still the basic practices to do, especially now that Covid-19 has become highly transmissible.