Iloilo City Government is planning to include the traders peddling their produce and other wares at major public markets and even delivery van drivers in the vaccination program.
“We know most of them come from outside the city, so we are not sure if they are vaccinated or not. Worse, if they are carriers of COVID-19. We just want to protect them and our people in the market,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said.
Iloilo Terminal Market or more popularly known as “Super” will be prioritized as it is the city’s main trading post.
Majority of the vendors and market personnel have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Mayor said.
The vaccination team will conduct a vaccination roll-out in Super on Friday, September 3, 2021.
In a different post, Iloilo City Government is also calling on residents here employing household help to have them vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said he has been receiving reports from employers who got infected by their helpers.
“Apparently, the househelps go home every weekend, and when they return, they unknowingly carry with them the virus thereby infecting them all,” he said.
Vaccinating the helpers is one way of protecting them and the household they work in, some of which have small children and senior citizens.
The mayor said the helpers in the city usually take a day or two off and go home to their respective provinces or municipalities, thus making them potential spreaders of COVID-19.
“We are also reaching out to homeowners’ associations so they can ensure that residents with household helps can avail of our vaccination program in the barangays,” Treñas stated.
For helpers without identification cards, their employers can make one for them or issue a certificate of employment so they can be easily identified and registered, he added.
“We have to test and to vaccinate fast because these are the only ways we can hope to beat the Delta variant,” he said. (Iloilo City PIO)