By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker for Trade and Industry and Valenzuela Rep. Wes Gatchalian urged the national government to give the private sector some flexibility in vaccinating all its employees “fairly and without distinction or classification.”
Gatchalian made the appeal as the government called on private companies to follow the prioritization set in the rollout of vaccination program.
“The private sector has gone over and beyond corporate social responsibility when they donated half of their vaccine procurement to the government. In return, the guidelines that the private sector must follow in the conduct of the vaccination program should be clear and allow them the leeway and flexibility to inoculate their employees after the priorities set by the law,” Gatchalian said.
He pointed out that the private sector used their own money to buy the vaccines thereby reducing the problem of the government.
“Marami po sa mga industries na to, for example wala naman ho sa 4.1 (priority group) nahuhulog ang kanilang mga empleyado for example sa hotel nasa 4.6 pa siya ay kailangan pa niyang maghintay,” Gatchalian said.
He said that the Department of Health and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 should issue clear guidelines before the vaccines purchased by private companies start arriving.
“I am certain that these private entities would want their employees to be inoculated at the soonest possible time. This would relieve the government of the additional burden of providing the vaccines to these sectors,” he added.
Vaccination czar Carlito Galvez explained that the sub-categories in A4 arose from the recommendation of the local government units. He said there are 34 million individuals under A4 at “pag dumagsa po mahihirapan tayong kontrolin.”