Public Health will continue to push COVID-19 vaccinations

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Department of Public Health and Social Services Acting Chief Public Health Officer Chima Mbakwem. (PNC photo)

Public Health will be making a big push to vaccinate children for the upcoming school year.

But at the same time, they will continue to push COVID-19 vaccinations to get as many people vaccinated as possible against the virus.

Department of Public Health and Social Services Acting Chief Public Health Officer Chima Mbakwem said they are looking forward to having more village vaccination spots.

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“We’re also looking to stand up some vaccination clinics in the southern areas of the community. So that decision will be final today when we meet with the Guard. We’ve actually proposed sites but is not conclusive until we finish today. But the intention is to reach everyone who can be reached. We are not stopping until everyone who is vaccine-eligible is vaccinated,” Mbakwem said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

For the time being, Mbakwem said Public Health still can’t make vaccines mandatory, including among education workers.

While that remains the case, Mbakwem said that they’ll continue to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“This discussion is ongoing between the Department of Public Health and our partners and the AG’s office on how to move forward. It’s not just about mandating the vaccines. There are also issues to consider before you mandate people to get vaccinated. We’re actually exploring that. We’re discussing with our partners. Soon enough, we will come up with a unified front with how to move forward with the mandates,” Mbakwem said.

He added: “But we are still encouraging everybody to get vaccinated. And if you looking at our numbers, we’re really doing good. We just need to push more. Maybe at some point, we might not need to mandate because everybody will be vaccinated. But the issue of mandate is being explored right now but is not conclusive.”

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