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Make Covid-19 testing free to seniors

Sep 11, 2021, 8:31 AM
Rose De La Cruz

Rose De La Cruz

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With at least 7.4 million Filipino seniors vaccinated against Covid-19 so far, a party-list solon representing senior citizens appealed to government agencies to “improve the vaccine supply and shorten the transition from the time the vaccines arrive to when the doses get jabbed into the arms of seniors and other Filipinos.”

Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes, Senior Citizen Partylist, is asking the inter-agency task force on managing emerging infectious diseases (IATF) to make Covid-19 testing free to senior citizens, since it also gave the vaccines free to all citizens.

“I believe the vaccination rate for seniors greatly improved because of the Department of Health’s decision to vaccinate both the seniors and their companion-caregiver,” Ordanes said in a statement.

“I had suggested jabbing also the household of the seniors for a deeper and higher level of micro-herd immunity, but probably supply constraints were the limitation,” he added.

The solon also appealed to the IATF and the National Task Force on Covid-19 to “improve the vaccine supply and shorten the transition from the time the vaccines arrive to when the doses get jabbed into the arms of seniors and other Filipinos.”

At least 7.4 million Filipino seniors have been vaccinated so far.

As of latest count done just last September 5, over 4 million seniors were fully- vaccinated while the remaining 3 million plus already have their first dose, so they are halfway there. If the 3 million (seniors) stick to their vax schedule, by about 4 weeks from now, we would have at least 7 million fully- vaccinated plus about 2 to 3 million more.

Grandparents’ day

Grandparents’ Day is an official national holiday in America, signed by then President Jimmy Carter in 1978, and celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Grandparents Day is an official national holiday in the United States and Canada, signed by President Carter in 1978 and celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

In the UK, it's the first Sunday in October. In Germany, Grandmothers Day is observed on the second Sunday in October.

Several countries other than the United States celebrate Grandparent's Day, including Australia (date varies in different states), Canada, Estonia (second Sunday in September), Italy (October 2nd), Pakistan (second Sunday in October), Singapore, South Sudan (2nd Sunday in November), Taiwan (last Sunday in August).

The purpose of the holiday, as stated in the preamble to the statute, is "to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.

The role of grandparents in the family is also to provide knowledge, maturity, stability, and unconditional love to the lives of their grandchildren. 2. Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share.

Last July 25, Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday.

Tags: #seniorcitizens, #SeniorCitizensPartylist, #GrandparentsDay, #Covid19, #Covid19vaccine


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