Saving lives and moderating economic damage require a “balancing act” on the part of the government amid the ongoing pandemic, Senator Grace Poe said on Friday.
“A strong vaccination program should accompany the reopening of businesses,” the chair of the Senate public services committee said.
Pending the arrival of the vaccine, Poe stressed that concerned government agencies should be laying the groundwork for a smooth implementation of the inoculation program.
This includes ensuring the preparedness of hospitals and other designated vaccination sites, training of personnel and vetting of master list of sectors and individuals who will be prioritized to get the doses.
Poe also earlier filed Senate Bill 1994 or the Vaccine Passport Act that seeks to issue free vaccine passports to individuals who have gotten the shots, including students, local workers and overseas Filipino workers.
The document that will serve as the individual’s proof of vaccination will help expedite the return to work of workers, including OFWs sidelined by the pandemic.
“The vaccine certificate will give our workers the advantage to get hired as they already have the proof of protection from the virus. Getting more Filipinos employed will boost our comeback from the economic downturn,” Poe said.
Under her bill, the vaccine record will contain types and purposes of vaccines administered to the holder, the batch numbers the vaccines belong to, dates administered, and the persons and institutions that administered the inoculation.