by Bicol Express News
Sorsogon First District Board Member Ryan Dioneda in a meeting with the different transport groups of Sorsogon where the majority of its members’ age is below 60 years urges them to line up with their municipalities for scheduled vaccination against COVID-19.
The group is composed of public utility operators and drivers plying the different routes of the province.
Dioneda reasoned that it is important for the sector that they are vaccinated as they are in the frontline of public service. The collapse of the sector will have a whooping effect on the local economy was his assessment.
Contact tracing for public transport users is a difficult task given the limited resources of the local government unit aside from the wider area for tracking.
Bicol Express News observed that the present location of the transport terminal may become a spreader of the virus since temperature scanning is not practiced aside from the almost compressed space inside the public utility vehicle. The separators cannot guarantee if an asymptomatic positive passenger seatmate will not be infected.
Agreeing with the suggestion, the group requested that they are included among those to be vaccinated irrespective of their classification in the order of vaccine priorities.
On his part Dioneda as chair of the transport committee of the provincial board that he is going to elevate their willingness to health authorities and forward this concern to Governor Chiz Escudero.