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Catbalogan mayor dangles cash to lure vaccine-hesitant seniors to get jabs

TACLOBAN CITY—The city government of Catbalogan in Samar province is offering cash incentives to senior citizens who will have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.

In his order issued July 1, Mayor Dexter Uy said P500 would be given to senior citizens, who would have their first dose and P1,000 for their second.

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Uy said the move was part of the city’s campaign to be placed under Alert Level 1 status.

Catbalogan and the rest of Samar province are under Alert Level 2.

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For Catbalogan to be placed under a more relaxed alert level, Uy said they needed to inoculate 70 percent of its senior citizens as mandated by the National Inter-Agency Task Force.

Uy hoped that the cash incentives would encourage senior citizens in the city to have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.

Of the 7,996 senior citizens in Catbalogan, 5,230 or 65.4 percent had been vaccinated against the virus.

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