The Metro Manila mayors have agreed to implement a unified standard, requiring all traders, salespersons, exhibitors, organizers, and other personnel to be fully vaccinated prior to their actual conduct of Christmas bazaars, tiangges, and pop-up stores as more establishments and activities are already allowed to operate under alert level 2, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said.
This, as the MMDA has inked a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) and Rotary Club of Manila for the NCR’s “We Vax As One” initiative aimed to increase the inoculation rate of the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna towards the attainment of population protection or herd immunity at the soonest possible time.
Dentists will now serve as vaccinators, complementing doctors and nurses who already inoculated 90 percent of Metro Manila’s eligible population.
Abalos said that the Metro Manila mayors have prepared the guidelines for sellers and personnel of Christmas bazaars and other seasonal markets in the National Capital Region as the holiday nears and shoppers start to increase in numbers.
“These will help reduce risk of transmitting the virus since they are seasonal in nature and sellers come from various parts of the country making contract tracing difficult on the part of the local government units,” Abalos said citing MMDA Resolution No. 21-27, stating that all traders, salespersons, exhibitors, organizers, and other personnel are required to be fully vaccinated prior to their actual conduct of Christmas bazaars, tiangges, and pop-up stores.
“We want to avoid a repeat of the polio outbreak in the country which happened last September 2019 where these seasonal stores are identified as significant contributors in its spread,” he said.
He added that Covid-19 virus is equally deadly as polio, “so in order to guard against exposure to the virus, we should make sure that our economic frontliners have their own protection since they are exposed to many.”
The Inter-agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases placed the NCR under alert level 2 last November 5.