DILG asks local officials who skipped COVID-vaccine line  to explain

QUEZON CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- Five local chief executives  were issued show cause order  why they were inoculated despite not being on the top priority list,  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III  said.

During the Laging Handa Public briefing Thursday, March 25, Densing said they are also verifying reports of  other local officials who  had themselves vaccinated ahead of their turn.

These officials if found guilty may face administrative charges.

“One of the functions of the local chief executive is to implement national and local laws. With the approved national deployment and vaccination plan, they are supposed to follow that to the letter. If this is violated then they may face administrative charges,” Densing said.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) jointly reiterated the call to strictly follow the approved prioritization framework of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan.

The DOH and NTF said that given the limited supply of the vaccine, it should first be given to the medical frontliners/healthcare workers who have the highest exposure to COVID-19 and are most at risk of contracting the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also set as a requirement for vaccine donations from the COVAX facility the prioritization of health care workers for inoculation. Failure to follow this requirement might affect the country’s supply of the vaccine.

NTF Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez said following the government's prioritization framework is “not just because it is set by WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) or by the guidelines of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, but more importantly our moral obligation to allow our frontliners to be the first to receive the protection they need and deserve, especially amid this surge.”

Health Secretary Francisco Duque also asked fellow officials in government to follow the prioritization of health workers “who have sacrificed the most to protect all of us” adding that “Every person who jumps the line takes away a vaccine for a frontliner.” (MACV/PIA DDCU)  




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

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