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More appeals made for vaccine priority
“We are going around isolation areas, provincial and municipal hospitals. We have no protection and we are exposed,” LPP president and Marinduque Gov. Presbitero Velasco explained.
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More appeals made for vaccine priority

Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - April 8, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) yesterday appealed to the national government to include governors and mayors of non-high risk areas in the priority groups for vaccination.

“We are going around isolation areas, provincial and municipal hospitals. We have no protection and we are exposed,” LPP president and Marinduque Gov. Presbitero Velasco explained.

He emphasized that local chief executives should also get COVID-19 jabs just like their counterparts in NCR Plus areas because they are supervising other frontliners on the ground.

Velasco argued COVID-19 response measures are affected if local chief executives are infected and quarantined, noting that 10 governors have already contracted COVID-19, and some mayors have died.

According to Velasco, vaccinating 78 governors and around 1,400 mayors should not be a problem as three million doses of vaccines are scheduled to arrive soon.

Teachers, lawyers appeal

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also reiterated its call to elevate teachers in the vaccine priority list after five Department of Education (DepEd) personnel in Isabela died from COVID-19.

“As such, this should prompt the government to elevate the position of teachers in the vaccine priority list. Their crucial role in delivering the essential service that is education and the bare-faced fact that many educators get infected in the line of duty undeniably make teachers frontliners amid the pandemic,” ACT secretary general Raymond Basilio said.

DepEd already contacted the families of the deceased to provide assistance and hasten the release of their benefits. It clarified that infection was acquired through community transmission outside school premises and is not work related.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked Defense Secretary and National Task Force COVID-19 (NTF-COVID-19) chairman Delfin Lorenzana to include lawyers in the list of A4 priority population groups, pointing out that lawyers are considered “essential officers of the court.”

“We respectfully request that lawyers be included in the priority population group A4 of the Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines,” IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a letter. – Janvic Mateo, Evelyn Macairan

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