Free vaccination by LGUs will not be forced -DILG official

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III has clarified that citizens who do not want to be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine during its rollout by the local government units (LGUs) will not be forced to get the protection.

“Alam nyo, base sa mga implementing guidelines ng Department of Health, hindi po natin pipilitan magpabakuna ‘yung ayaw,” Densing said during the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic or CODE Team visit to Pasig City on Tuesday. The CODE Team composed of high-ranking officials from the National Task Force (NTF) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“What is important is we are able to explain this and encourage people to get vaccinated,” he added.

The official, however, said once the vaccine arrives and the National Vaccine Program implementers hear that citizens don't like the brand given to their LGU, they will be at the end of the line again.

“Pero once na dumating ang bakuna, ipagpalagay po natin at naririnig natin ito na ayaw nila yung brand na naibaba sa lokal ng gobyerno, balik ho sila sa pila pero sa huli ulit,” he explained.

To recall earlier, the DILG urged all LGUs to prepare a local vaccination plan as provided in the DOH guidelines on the National Vaccination Program and coordinate closely with their respective DOH-Centers for Health Development in preparing this plan.

The plan must also include a master list of priority eligible vaccine recipients population; identification of possible vaccine centers, available cold chain storages, and other logistical requirements; and a master list of existing human resources and personnel needed in the vaccination program.

The reorganization of existing Emergency Operation Centers in LGUs was also encouraged to include a dedicated arm for vaccine concerns and mobilization of barangay personnel and other volunteers to assist in the preparation and actual vaccination.

Moreover, the memorandum urged the participation of concerned offices and personnel such as LGU health offices, Public Information Offices and Sanitation Offices, among others, must also be part of the said plan. (PIA NCR)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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