MANIILA — Senator Christopher Go seeks to get the nod of President Rodrigo Duterte in certifying COVID-19 Vaccine Indemnification Fund bill as urgent. This as the national Government is prepping up this month for the massive rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination drive that aims to cover 70 million Filipinos with 140 million doses this year.
According to the senator, said law will provide compensation for those who will experience severe side effects as a result of COVID-19 vaccine.
“Hihilingin natin kay Pangulong Duterte na i-certify as urgent ito upang maisabatas sa mas lalong madaling panahon. In this time of crisis, time is of the essence. Importante na maisabatas ito upang maging tuloy-tuloy na pag-rollout ng mga bakuna sa ating bansa,” Go says.
“Inaasikaso na po ito ng NTF (National Task Force) at ng ating mga Government finance managers. Kasalukuyang ginagawa na rin ang report ng Senate Committee on Finance, sa pamumuno ni Senator Sonny Angara, upang maisama ito sa ide-deliberate sa plenaryo,” he adds.
Still looking for source funding
However, the fund source for the measure is yet to be identified. “Pinag-aaralan na rin kung saan kukunin ang pondo,” the senator says.
There are two bills seeking indemnification fund for COVID-19 vaccine recipients should side effects manifest, the other is filed in the Senate by Senators Nancy Binay and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.
Under this version, the indemnity fund will be subsidized by pharmaceutical companies that supply the government with vaccines for public immunization programs.
It also provides that vaccine makers should reserve 1% of the contract price for the fund to be deposited with the national treasury, and will be earmarked to compensate those who sustained vaccine-related adverse effects. (JSM/Juan Manila)