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Presidential adviser proposes restrictions for unvaccinated individuals

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III on Sunday said the government should look into the possibility of imposing restrictions for individuals who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to Concepcion, the government should look into “bold moves” such as restricting the unvaccinated population from entering and eating at certain establishments or moving around the country.

“If the coming fourth quarter will be a disaster because of the Delta variant, then the entire 2022 will face a severe challenge,” he said in an emailed statement.

Concepcion made the proposal during a meeting with the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases (IATF-EID), medical experts, and key private sector leaders.

Concepcion said incentives can also be provided to businesses that target full vaccination of their employees, such as increased operational capacity.

Vaccinated individuals can also be given incentives such as more mobility and ease of travel, and exempting them from mandatory tests once fully protected.

“It might be one of the good news that can possibly come up as we approach President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday,” said Concepcion.

The Philippines on Sunday, July 25, reported 5,479 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total caseload to 1,548,755. This includes 54,262 active cases; 1,467,269 recoveries; and 27,224 deaths.

The Philippines aims to inoculate 70 million Filipinos or 100% of the adult population by the end of the year. The country has received 27.922 million doses as of July 17 and has given 15.095 million shots as of July 18.

Metro Manila and four other areas were again placed under the general community quarantine “with heightened restrictions” from July 23 to 31, following the confirmation of the local transmission of the Delta COVID-19 variant. — DVM, GMA News