Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) is in favor of mandating vaccination for sectors that are at most risk of getting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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“Definitely, if we are going to have this mandated for specific sectors only, DOH will also support this because we need to do this so that we can achieve the protection for population,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday.

In a presser, she said the proposal is still being studied as a law must be passed first to make vaccination compulsory.

“The proposed mandatory vaccination is not to impose on certain sectors but on specific ones which are vulnerable,” she explained in Filipino.

“We’re still discussing those and of course we will heed to the statement of the Department of Justice that a law is needed for that,” she added in Filipino.

Vergeire noted that the government is exerting all efforts to encourage more people to get inoculated, they can still see some level of hesitancy among the public.

Among the factors influencing them range from fear of side effects, brand preference, and getting swayed by misinformation circulating on social media.

“We will never achieve the immunity that our population needs if there are sectors in our society who are not inoculated, so one of the solutions that we are looking at is making vaccination mandatory,” she said in Filipino.

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