Vargas bats for house-to-house vaccination of senior citizens

Published January 17, 2021, 3:51 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

House Social Services panel chairman Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has asked the national government to consider house-to-house vaccination of almost 10 million senior citizens in the country.

(Photo by Dogukan Keskinkilic / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Sana ‘yung vaccination ng senior citizens kung kaya i-house-to-house kasi right now sa rules natin bawal sila lumabas, pero pag magpapavaccine sila, lalabas sila baka mamaya mula sa bahay nila papunta dun sa vaccination place baka mamaya dun pa mahawa,” he told DZBB in an interview.

(I hope that the vaccination of senior citizens, if possible, will be house-to-house because right now, under our rules, they are prohibited to go out, but when they will be vaccinated, they will go out and I am worried that they might be get infected from the time they leave the house to the vaccination place)

He proposed that the inoculation be conducted per sitio if the house-to-house vaccination is not possible for senior citizens.

Vargas disclosed that next week, his panel will conduct a hearing to seek updates from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the “master list” of the national government’s COVID-19 vaccination’s recipients, which he said, should not be tainted with politics.

“Hihingan ko sila ng update sa master list. Saan manggagaling ang listahan?May verification ba na gagawin? Importante na maayos ang listahan eh, updated dapat,” he said.

(I will ask them to apprise me about the master list. Where can we source out the list? Will there be verification? It is important that we have validated and updated list)

“Walang dapat isisingit na hindi kasama sa listahan at syempre dapat walang tatanggalin na dapat nanduduon. Ayaw natin na mangyari ang duplication, ayaw din natin mapasukuan ng pulitika ang listahan,” he added.

(There should be no insertion of names who should not be included in the list and there should be no scrapping of those who should be included in the list. We don’t want to have duplication, we don’t want that the list will be tainted with politics)

The House leader said the national government and executive agencies such as the Departments of Health and Social Welfare and Development, and the local government units (LGUs) should ensure that the “list maintains integrity.”

He also asked the government to forge partnerships with the private sector to ensure that there will be enough cold storage facilities for the procured vaccines.

“The government cannot buy all at freezers. I think it is a good idea that we forge partnership with the private sector,” Vargas said.

He called on the public to listen to the health experts, instead of believing in social media posts about COVID-19 vaccination.

Vargas said he would be willing to have his vaccination photo posted and shared on social media just to encourage the public to have themselves protected against coronavirus disease.