By Daniela Lorraine Brutas

PHOTO: Daily Tribune

Malacañang noted the progress in Metro Manila’s COVID-19 vaccine drive that could have factored in President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on continued mandatory use of face shield outdoors.

Duterte approved the recommendation of the technical advisory group (TAG) of the Department of Health and medical experts that we are not required to wear face shields outside except in crowded places.

"So siguro may mga factors na kinonsidera ang ating mga dalubhasa – kasama na diyan 'yung halos 70% na nabakunahan na dito po sa Metro Manila." presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said during his regular briefing on Thursday.

According to the latest government data in the National Capital Region as of September 22, in the 15.08 million doses administered, 69.16% of the coverage ratio
are already fully vaccinated against the virus.

Duterte initially ordered the lifting of the face shield mandate in June then revoked, after citing health experts’ advice and the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant.

The spokesperson, moreover asked the public to wait for the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the pronouncement. 

Report source: CNN Philippines