Priest asks politicians not to go ahead of others in the vaccination program

Published March 2, 2021, 6:35 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Health Care  (CBCP-ECHC) has appealed to politicians not to go ahead of others in the vaccination program.

Fr. Dan Vicente Cancino

Father Dan Vicente Cancino, executive secretary of the CBCP-ECHC, asked politicians to prioritize the healthcare workers.

“To our politicians, don’t go ahead of others. Let us prioritize the healthcare workers,” he told Church-run Radio Veritas, Tuesday, March 2.

“I hope we follow the prioritization [program]…let us not politicize it,” added Cancino.

On Monday, the government conducted the kickoff of the vaccination drive in the country following the arrival of the donated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from China.

Aside from healthcare workers, a number of government officials were also given the COVID-19 jab.

The CBCP official, meantime, asked the public to continue observing the health protocols despite the arrival of the vaccines.

“Let us not be complacent. Continue the minimum healthcare standards-mask, faceshield, physical distancing, wash hands and sanitize,” said Cancino.