Senator Bong Go on Tuesday said members of the media should also be placed on the priority list of the government’s national Covid-19 vaccination program, along with front liners and poor and vulnerable sectors.
In an interview in Bukidnon, Go said reporters are also like frontliners who risk their safety on the field just to keep Filipinos informed on the country’s Covid-19 situation.
“Ang mga media para sa akin po ay maituturing din pong napakaimportanteng sektor ng lipunan dahil para na rin po kayong frontliners dahil kayo ang nagdadala ng balita, kung ano ang dapat gawin sa lugar, kayo ang na-expose,” he said.
“So, dapat po ang media ay bigyan din ng prayoridad ‘pag andyan na ang safe at epektibong vaccine para tuloy-tuloy din po ang inyong pagtatrabaho, pagko-cover at pagdadala ng balita sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.
Go also urged President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent a measure seeking to expedite procurement of vaccines by LGUs and establish a vaccine indemnity fund.
On Tuesday, Go delivered during the regular Senate plenary session his co-sponsorship speech for the Senate Bill 2057.
The proposed Vaccine Indemnification Fund is intended to be earmarked exclusively to compensate and indemnify identified vaccine recipients who sustain injury in connection with the use of the vaccines and where the adverse effects are attributable to the vaccination.