Prisoners also have to wait for vaccination vs. COVID-19 – DOJ

Published March 3, 2021, 12:37 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Prisoners will also have to wait just like other Filipinos in the government’s vaccination program against the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday morning, March 3.

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“In any event, while waiting for their turn…, these PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) will just have to follow the minimum health protocols to reduce the risk of viral transmission,” Guevarra said.

He commented on the appeal of political prisoners’ support group Kapatid which asked the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to include all PDLs in the government’s mass vaccination program.

In its appeal, Kapatid sought the inclusion of PDLs considering that the country has “the highest jail congestion rate in the world” and considered “a death trap.”

“No mention of PDLs as a specific group has been made by the IATF in the general classification of persons for priority vaccination,” he said.

“The priority list is subject to further sub-classification. So, when we speak of senior citizens as a priority group, this will cut across a broad range of individuals, including those serving time or under detention, in their own internal order of preference,” he explained.

He pointed out that even Department of Justice prosecutors, who are most exposed to getting COVID-19, “are not listed as a specific priority group for vaccination purposes (except the senior citizens among them).”

But, Guevarra said, “when the domestic supply of anti-COVID 19 vaccines substantially increases, I will request their (prosecutors) inclusion in the priority list, in the same category as judges and other court officers.”Prisoners will also have to wait just like other Filipinos in the government’s vaccination program against the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday morning, March 3.

“In any event, while waiting for their turn…, these PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) will just have to follow the minimum health protocols to reduce the risk of viral transmission,” Guevarra said.

He commented on the appeal of political prisoners’ support group Kapatid which asked the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to include all PDLs in the government’s mass vaccination program.

In its appeal, Kapatid sought the inclusion of PDLs considering that the country has “the highest jail congestion rate in the world” and considered “a death trap.”

“No mention of PDLs as a specific group has been made by the IATF in the general classification of persons for priority vaccination,” he said.

“The priority list is subject to further sub-classification. So, when we speak of senior citizens as a priority group, this will cut across a broad range of individuals, including those serving time or under detention, in their own internal order of preference,” he explained.

He pointed out that even Department of Justice prosecutors, who are most exposed to getting COVID-19, “are not listed as a specific priority group for vaccination purposes (except the senior citizens among them).”

But, Guevarra said, “when the domestic supply of anti-COVID 19 vaccines substantially increases, I will request their (prosecutors) inclusion in the priority list, in the same category as judges and other court officers.”

 
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