Senator Nancy Binay is proposing to include registered dentists and licensed medical technologists as among the medical personnel authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Binay filed Senate Bill No. 2212 on Tuesday, May 18, as she sought to amend the current COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act (Republic Act No. 11525) to allow the said health professionals to give coronavirus shots to the public.
Under the RA 11525, only pharmacists and midwives are allowed as vaccinators, besides doctors and nurses.
“There is a need for more healthcare professionals who can help in administering COVID-19 vaccines to expedite and expand the rollout of vaccines in the country,” Binay said in explaining her proposal.
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee and sponsor of the COVID-19 vaccination law, expressed openness to Binay’s proposal.
“Why not? Kung makakatulong siya, baka pwedeng gawin ‘yan (If it will help, maybe we can do it),” Angara said when asked for his comment over radio DWIZ on Saturday, May 22.
“Sa tingin ko, maganda at praktikal na hakbang ‘yan (I think it is a good and practical proposal),” he added.