Solon urges Churches, religious groups to pitch in for COVID-19 vaccine cost

  • BHW party-list Representative Angelica Natasha Co called on the “benevolence” of Churches and religious groups to sponsor COVID-19 vaccines
  • Co said the government wants to make sure that the majority of Filipinos will not need to pay for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Earlier, the private sector led by tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. pledged 2 million COVID-19 vaccines

A lawmaker has urged Churches, religious groups and local government units to help pitch in for the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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BHW party-list Representative Angelica Natasha Co appealed to churches and religious groups to help sponsor the cost of some of the COVID-19 vaccines to help make sure that the majority of the Filipinos get vaccinated.

“We ask for the kind and benevolent nature of the Church for their contribution. National government funds would not be enough,” Co was quoted by GMA saying.

“This magnitude of truly whole-of-society fundraising effort is what we need to get every Filipino vaccinated at zero out-of-pocket expense for those who will receive the vaccines,” Co said.

Co added that it is “impossible” for the national government alone to carry the total cost burden of the needed doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

During a separate interview with TV5 One News, Co continued to appeal that they want to make sure that the majority of the population will no longer need to shell out money for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Image by Representative Angelica Natasha Co via Facebook

She said, “To be able to achieve Herd Immunity, we need to vaccinate 60-70% of the population. What we want is zero out of pocket expense from majority of the population. While the companies still decide on selling the vaccines at cost, we have to grab this opportunity so that we can vaccinate more but with less expense. Of course, for a massive whole of society fund raising, transparency is still key.”

Earlier, the private sector, led by tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.’s International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), pledged as many as two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which will be divided equally between government workers and frontliners, and workers in the logistics sector.