Poe: Vaccine passports should be given for free to OFWs
Senator Grace Poe on Friday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a standard vaccine certificate that should be free of charge to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sidelined by the pandemic.

Poe: Vaccine passports should be given for free to OFWs

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Senator Grace Poe on Friday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a standard vaccine certificate that should be free of charge to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sidelined by the pandemic.

“The certificate as proof of vaccination should be at no cost to the recipient,” Poe said during Friday’s continuation of the Senate committee of the whole hearing on the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program.

“The standard document that our people will carry as their badge of protection that they have been vaccinated should not make them spend extra money because every peso is precious especially during these hard times,” she added.

At the Senate hearing, Poe stressed anew the importance of the vaccine passport, which she introduced through her Senate Bill 1994 or the “Vaccine Passport Act.”

The bill seeks to issue vaccine passports to individuals who have gotten the vaccine, including students, local workers and OFWs.

“The vaccine certificate would be very effective. ‘Pag naghanap ang ating mga kababayan, kabilang na ang mga OFW, ng trabaho at pinakita nila ‘yun, advantage na ‘yan sa kanila,” Poe said.

“Alam naman natin ‘yun ang kulang sa atin ngayon na kailangan talagang mas dumami ulit ang mga nagtatrabaho,” she explained.

“‘Yung mga OFW natin, kapag aalis sila para magtatrabaho sa ibang bansa, darating ang panahon na magiging requirement na ‘yan—kung ano ang mga bakunang meron ka… May mga iba pang klaseng virus na maaaring lumabas na kailangang magpabakuna tayo,” she said.

“Mauna na tayo. Gawin na natin na meron tayong talaan kung ano ang mga bakuna natin sapagkat marami sa ating mga kababayan ang kailangang pumasok sa eskuwela at magtrabaho,” Poe said.

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