IBP to lawyers: ‘Have yourselves vaccinated’

Published May 18, 2021, 12:06 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

All lawyers should get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) now that the government has included them in the priority group in its vaccination program.

In a social media post, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said “FIlipino lawyers and IBP Chapters are urged to coordinate with their respective Local Government Units for their A4 vaccination priority.”

“Due to the necessity and nature of their work and upon request and representation by IBP National President Domingo Egon Q. Cayosa, the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) included lawyers in the A4 priority vaccination,” it said.

It said that Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergerie has sent a letter to Cayosa and informed him of the inclusion of lawyers in the priority list.

“With regards to your concern, we would like to confirm that lawyers may be considered to be included in A14.13: Frontline workers in law/justice, security, and special protection sector,” Vergerie said in the letter.

“May we recommend that your members or chapters coordinate with their LGUs (local government units) for inclusion in the Master Listing,” she added.

More than 30,000 officials and employees in the judiciary have also been included in the priority group.

In its request for inclusion, the Supreme Court said that “justices, judges, and court personnel of the Philippine Judiciary (comprised of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and trial courts) are frontline government workers in the justice sector, whose functions are essential at all times, especially during the pandemic.”