Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Friday urged for the swift creation of an indemnification fund law that seeks to compensate individuals who would suffer adverse effects from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.
“This measure aims to provide aid or compensation to those who suffer from the adverse effects of vaccination,” he said in Filipino during the team visit of Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) in Mandaluyong City.
Duque said since these vaccines against Covid-19 are relatively new, the government must be equally prepared for any possibility of severe effects it would bring.
” Of course, we’re hoping none of this would occur but we must be ready to respond for such possibilities,” he said in Filipino.
Asked if there would be funds allocated for fatalities caused by a vaccine shot, Duque said this may also be raised with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“‘On the actual direct compensation, I’m not certain if this could be applied on cases of death caused by the vaccine, but we can appeal to the President because we already have a P1 million cash aid to the kin of Covid-19 casualties,” he explained in Filipino.
“We’re hoping nothing like this would happen but since this is still new we cannot be absolute about everything,” Duque added in Filipino.
On Wednesday, the city government of Marikina announced that it has set aside a local indemnification fund to assist residents who would suffer from severe injuries or any adverse effect of Covid-19 vaccines.Marikina City Marcelino Teodoro said they are also putting up a post-care monitoring system to observe individuals who would be inoculated with the vaccines. SOVEREIGNPH