Lower House sets deliberation for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination bill

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8/1/2021 5:45:00 PM

Lower House sets deliberation for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination bill

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Anti-COVID19 vaccinesAuthored by Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, House Bill No. 9252 is set to be discussed by the Committee on Health even as Barzaga underscored the significance of the measure in fighting the spread of COVID-19, especially the more deadly and easily transmissible Delta variant.

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Last week, the Lower House passed bills proposing to create a virology research institute and authorizing the Department of Health to stockpile strategic and critical drugs, medicines and other medical supply to address public heatlh emergencies.This developed as ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Rowena Niña Taduran appealed to concerned government officials to help out in vastly promoting awareness and a more organized vaccination procedure.

Barzaga disclosed that committee chairperson and Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan has vowed to open hearings on HB 9252 either this month or early next month to expedite its passage.The legislative proposal seeks to amend Republic Act No. 11525 or “An Act Establishing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Expediting the Vaccine Procurement and Administration Process, Providing Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes” by making it mandatory for persons who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination as determined by the Department of Health. headtopics.com

While admitting that it will be more difficult to have the measure approved now as the election fever starts to set in, Barzaga remains hopeful that the bill will be enacted before the end of the 18th Congress next year.“It’s not easy to enact a law unless it has been certified as urgent by the President,” he said during a radio interview on Sunday, August 1.

Barzaga, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said enactment of the measure is important as the country will have to rely on “drastic” measures to address vaccine hesitance.The senior administration lawmaker stressed that refusal of many Filipinos to have themselves vaccinated against the deadly virus has served as a major drawback in efforts of the government to achieve herd immunity and thus, stop the spread of the virus.

Under the bill, “no persons who are covered by this Act, as determined by the DOH, shall be allowed to enter, convene or occupy public places, whether or not government or privately owned.” Persons with medical conditions as determined by the DOH or by a licensed medical doctor shall be exempted from the inoculation of COVID-1 vaccine, the bill said.

Barzaga said discussions on the measure is urgent as Metro Manila will be placed under a lockdown again from August 6 to 20 to curb the spread of the virus’ highly transmissible Delta variant.Meanwhile, Taduran lamented the low turn out of senior citizens in vaccination centers. headtopics.com

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This should be explored only when we have enough supply of vaccines. Then, it will be either we make vaccination mandatory or we have periodic lockdowns. Ano manila bulletin? May available ba vaccine? Kahit gawin mandatory yan kung wala naman available ay useless sya. mandatory bill? kulang nga ang supply ng bakuna so walang kwenta yan dapat inuuna nyo pano paparamihin ang supply na meron tayo

Hirit na house-to-house vaccination ng ilang LGU habang ECQ aprub ng DOHSa harap ng inaasahang pagpapatupad ng ECQ sa Metro Manila ay sumang-ayon ang Department of Health sa pagbuo ng mga ligtas na paraan ng pagbabakuna, gaya ng house-to-house vaccinations. Specially for seniors. Sana kame rin sa Cams. Norte meron. Parang ang vaccine kasi sa NCR and biggest cities lang avail. Nauuna dto smin ML tournament and pa 3 points shot ng ilang nsa LGU. Hanuna

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