The Department of Health said it is not yet the time to ditch the policy requiring Filipinos to wear face shields in public places due to the low inoculation coverage in the country.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said this as a response to the appeal of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to stop requiring the use of face shields outdoors, a requirement of the government’s task force on pandemic response since December 2020.
Duque explained, “We can’t remove the face shield policy for now when our two-dose vaccination coverage is still low due to inadequate vaccine supply.”
The government is facing criticisms over the slow pace of the vaccination rollout.
Since the program began in March, only 1.2 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19—still far from the government’s goal of inoculating 58 million individuals in coronavirus hotspots by November.
Meanwhile, 3.9 million have received one of the two doses.