Malacañang announced Friday that fully vaccinated senior citizens in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ (MGCQ) are now allowed to go out.
“Subject ito sa mga kondisyon tulad ng pagdadala ng duly issued vaccination card at pagsunod sa minimum heath protocols,” he said.
(This is subject to condition like the bringing of the duly issued vaccination card and following minimum health protocols.)
Roque urged other senior citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As the Senate continues its hearing on the industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Villar and Sen. Nancy Binay discussed the policy regarding senior citizens still staying at home even after being vaccinated.
“Vaccinated na sila, why did you vaccinate them if you will not allow them to get out?” according to 70-year-old Villar, who also stressed that seniors have been placed on the vaccine priority list.
Fully vaccinated senior citizens now allowed to go out – Palace
On the other hand, Binay said that it is possible to allow the elderly to leave the house once the workers on the A4 priority list have been vaccinated.
“Siguro ‘pag nandiyan na ‘yung A4, because ‘yung seniors natin, pwede silang mag-spread ng virus, kasi ‘di ba, kahit vaccinated ka na, you can still get the virus, asymptomatic, but you’re spreading,” Binay explained.
But for Villar, why else would the government make the elderly a priority for the vaccine if they are not released even after completing two doses of the vaccine.
“What’s the use? Parang ang labo no’n,” she said.
According to Binay, the priority of the elderly to be vaccinated is so that they do not become seriously ill or die when infected with COVID-19.
“Kasi ‘yung mga senior citizens natin, sila ‘yung pwedeng mag-cause ng collapse ng health system natin kasi sila ‘yung prone (sa COVID-19),” Binay explained.
On the other hand, Villar defended that the elderly now have protection with COVID-19 that they have been vaccinated, so they should be allowed to leave the house.