Senior citizens or those aged 60 and above who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with two doses) should be allowed to go out to help boost the economy and for their total wellness, an official of the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) said Monday.
NCSC Chairperson Franklin Quijano made the call given that there are a number of elderly who have already been fully vaccinated since they are second in line in the government's COVID-19 vaccination program that started last March 1.
"We are for giving the seniors a safe space. Groceries, malls and pharmacies are cleaned up every day, so the seniors can be allowed for the first two hours [of their operation] in the morning...Just the seniors so they can spend their money and help our economy rebound amid the pandemic," he said during the Laging Handa briefing.
"The senior citizens are part of nation building," he added.
Quijano said that allowing fully vaccinated elderly to go outside would also mean taking care of their total health.
"This can allow them to do exercise, as well as for their mental and psychological health," he pointed out.
"Nasa dapithapon na po ang mga senior citizens. Ipahiram niyo po ang umaga," he added.
Existing quarantine restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic prevent seniors from going outside their homes unless they are on essential trips and no one who can do such errands for them. —KG, GMA News