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Senior Citizen party-list: Make sure Covid-19 vaccination plan won’t be like Dengvaxia

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Senior Citizen party-list Rep. Francisco Datol has urged the government to create a technical working group that will “draw up the national action plan for vaccination against Covid-19” in anticipation of the development of a vaccine.

But Datol said the Department of Health and the inter-agency task force on Covid-19 “must cast aside any lingering fears because of the misadministration of the dengue vaccine.”

“I also ask all the controversial figures involved in the Dengvaxia scare to please inhibit from muddling the Covid-19 vaccination program. I urge restraint,” he said.

“Vaccination is a life-saving necessity. It is the only way to protect every person from COVID-19 and from all the other diseases for which there already are vaccines. The goal must be 100 percent vaccination. Failure to achieve 100 percent vaccination is not an option,” Datol said.

“Daig ng maagap ang masipag. While scientists develop the vaccines, the prudent course of action for us now is to prepare for how to systematically vaccinate every person who must be vaccinated, anticipating every possible protocol for the types of vaccine which may be developed,” he stressed.

“Pwede kasing ang ma-develop na anti-COVID-19 vaccine ay para lamang sa mga nagka-COVID-19 na to prevent re-infection, o pwede ring ang ma-develop na bakuna ay para sa ating lahat na hindi pa kailanman tinamaan ng COVID-19,” he said.

“Basta anuman ang maging protocol, dapat handa ang ating pamahaalang bakunahan ang dapat mabakunahan. Careful planning takes time, so there must be a TWG drawing up the action plan this early,” the congressman explained.

Clinical trials are underway under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Philippines is participating in the so-called “Solidarity Trials” to determine which of the possible treatments work on patients already with COVID-19.

“Delaying the preparatory work on this will add to our country’s vulnerability to COVID-19. There must be action now,” Datol emphasized.

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