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Roque to DOH: Don’t let ‘boosters’ go to waste

In view of the current 27,000 active Covid 19 cases nationwide and the reported 4.2 million expired vaccines from the private sector, I urge the Department of Health (DOH) to immediately administer second booster shots to Filipinos other than those under the A1 – A3 categories.

The health department must immediately inoculate front liners in essential sectors, indigent groups, and the rest of the population with a second booster dose. Every life and resource are important because the country is still in the middle of a public health crisis.

It will also safeguard the Constitutionally mandated right to health of Filipinos who remain vulnerable to the human and socio-economic costs of the deadly virus.

As a former member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), I am alarmed by the slow rollout and rate of booster shots given to the public amid the rising cases of infected persons.

As reported by Go Negosyo, I express dismay over the expired vaccines that have incurred P5.1 billion in losses to the private sector. On July 31, another batch of AstraZeneca vaccines will expire.

While I know that the DOH is giving its level best to meet the exigencies of the pandemic, I urge the department to ensure that vaccines should never go to waste. After all, the expeditious and continuous boosting of public immunity, be it priority groups or otherwise, is front and center of the government’s pandemic response.

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