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Just an ounce of prevention

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

No vax, no job. I heard that it is now the policy of business owners when hiring new staff. Who can disagree with that? One cannot blame business operators for the precaution. This virus has no respect for mankind, and it has been going around looking for victims. So, if you care for the health – and lives – of your loved ones do not delay in seeing to it that they undergo what seems to be the only thing that can ensure their safety from the viciousness of this new ailment. I hope there are no more superstitious people around who still refuse opportunities to be vaccinated.

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Have you heard of the saying that “The bolt that squeaks gets the oil”? Well, it seems that provinces and cities, as well as towns that bring their problem to the higher ups, are the ones most likely to be accommodated. I am referring to the ongoing vaccination drives where some government units, whose officials have been remiss in seeking an allocation for vaccines, are still dealing with the problem of rising cases. If anyone who belongs to such a town, city or province guilty of this, I hope its citizens will take proper action and bring the matter up with higher officials.

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Because, surely, it is a mortal sin for officials who, until now, have not procured vaccines for their constituents. But I do not know if such is available through government units, and if their officials have not yet taken steps to procure them and ensure that the people in their town, city or province can avail of it. I don’t think people nowadays have the fear of vaccines, as there had been in olden days. We can wee this in the crowds lining up to get “vaxxed”, especially in Manila.

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Another item I caught on TV was that a big percentage of senior citizens has been vaccinated. Could it be that the younger ones believe they have immunity? I would say that the seniors realized how important vaccinations are, especially those who had gone through epidemics and, who knows, also pandemics, in their younger years. As for those who are dilly-dallying over having themselves and their family members “vaxxed”, they should be reminded of another old saying that “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

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I saw a recent report that some business organizations in Manila had been refusing to hire unvaccinated applicants for jobs, even if they are qualified. I thought that employers are supposed to ensure that their staff members are vaccinated. Maybe they are afraid to shoulder the cost of vaccinations? I would think that it is better for them to have their workers “VAXXED” while in their employ, so they can be sure that they are “clean”.

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Once more it has been reported that local plants like lagundi and tawa-tawa are effective cures for COVID. I wonder if our medical people have looked into this? They may find ways to extract from the plants the substance that could be developed into really effective cures for this pandemic. Now I wonder why reports about infections from COVID have not been heard from distant barangays. Could it be that people there have been applying what city-folk consider “old wives’ tales”?

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By the way, has the COVID virus been kinder to people in big cities? An item yesterday said parks in Metro Manila are now visited by lots of people and even children. Have they been “fumigated” or given some kind of treatment that has removed any contagious germs within its area? By the way, I haven’t passed by our own plaza in Bacolod and therefore cannot tell whether there are still people taking walks or just lingering there.

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But it is good to hear that restrictions involving COVID seem to be easing lately. I hear that curfew has been stopped in Metro Manila, which could mean that cases of COVID are lessening. I wonder, though, if curfew is intended only for pedestrians, because several times when we had to drive home from a gathering past the curfew, we didn’t see any guards or cops apprehending vehicles out during curfew time. One of our companions said it is intended only for pedestrians, which, I think, is reasonable enough, because our people have been very compliant with the restrictions intended for their own good!*

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