UST Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. speaks during the program for the University's one-day Covid-19 vaccine booster inoculation program on Sept. 22 at the UST Practice Gym. (Photo by Angela Antonette B. Bautista/ The Varsitarian)

UST RECTOR Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. on Thursday urged Thomasians to get their Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to help the country return to its pre-pandemic ways.

Ang said that by receiving booster shots, Thomasians could ensure their loved ones would remain healthy and protected against Covid-19, which has killed 62,657 Filipinos nationwide as of Sept. 21.

“Kung may booster tayo, makakasiguro tayong tayo ay handa, ligtas at magiging malusog. Mapoprotektahan natin hindi lamang ang ating sarili, ngunit pati ang ating mga mahal sa buhay,” Ang said during the opening of UST’s one-day booster vaccination site at the Practice Gym.

“Kailangan nating palakasin ang ating bansa—ang bawat Pilipino—dahil ang kinabukasan natin, ang ekonomiya natin, nakasalalay sa kamay ng bawat mamamayan,” Ang added.

The University launched the booster-shot vaccination site in coordination with the Department of Health, the Manila City Health Department and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to participate in the national government’s “PinasLakas” campaign.

A total of 1,676 students, staff and staff dependents were inoculated during the one-day event that ended at 5 p.m.

According to Dr. Aleli Sudiacal, a director of the Metro Manila Center for Health Development, the University received the most single-day registrations for the “PinasLakas” campaign to date. 

UST is the first Philippine higher education institution to participate in the “PinasLakas” campaign, a nationwide vaccination campaign aimed at increasing the Philippines’ Covid-19 booster shot throughput to help maintain the country’s wall of immunity against the virus. 

Earlier, the University removed the requirement for students participating in limited face-to-face classes to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Nillicent B. Bautista, Alexandra L. Mangasar with reports from Logan Kal-El M. Zapanta


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