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Bursting Bubbles

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Watching the Bukuna Bubble zoom meeting reminds of the John Travolta movie, Boy in a Plastic Bubble. This 1976 movie revolves around Tod Lubitch, played by Travolta, who was born with a dysfunctional immune system that contact with unfiltered air may be fatal.

Like the seniors over 65 and children 17 down, Tod is prohibited from going outside and has restricted movement, quarantined in his room where he eats, learns, reads, and exercises, while being protected from the outside world by various coverings, a bubble pretty much like the PPEs worn by medical practitioners.

For most part, Tod, similar to the seniors and children, longs to go out and see more of the outside world. I can fully empathize with their situation. I yearn to conduct person-to-person interviews, the way I used to pre-pandemic.

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Now comes the Bakuna Bubble espoused by President Adviser on entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, which took my mind set on a different spin. If adopted by the higher ups, the plan allows unrestricted movements of vaccinated individuals while the unvaccinated drool, salivate in envy.

The subliminal message here is to incentivize the unvaccinated, change their stance in order to enjoy mobility. The overarching objective, on the other hand, is to attain herd immunity and spark more activities to keep the engines of the economy going.

I am fully vaccinated. And, I’m rearing to get out of my comfort zone, drop every now and then the current trend of work-from-home. I love the segregation of vax and unvax. But the exponential rise in COVID-19 patients, reaching over 22,000 with the Delta variant spewing its virulence gives creeps.

Based on Philippine General Hospital data the unvaccinated accounts for 80 percent of the total reported hospitalization. And by limiting their movement until they are vaccinated their chances of being infected and hospitalized is minimized.

A crucial partner in this Bakuna bubble is the transportation industry. Indeed, it is. I commend the transport sector, particularly the provincial buses operators, represented in the Zoom meeting by Victory Liner president and general manager Marivic del Pilar for unabashedly considering its sector as “a public utility and therefore duty bound to perform public service subject to government regulations.”

Indeed, it is because mobility is a driver and an essential component of economic activity. Public transportation is indispensable. I like the idea of pre identified hop on and hop off bubble buses for the working force, the daily commuters.

Or bubble buses that are pre-arranged by companies at preferred pick up points.

It’s similar to the P2P, which was operational pre-pandemic time. This saves the commuting workforce time, effort and most importantly their health safety.

If this concept succeeds in pilot areas, then, it will be replicated in other places. And the tiny bubbles flourish.


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