De Lima files bill seeking free COVID-19 vaccine for all Filipinos

  • Senator Leila de Lima filed a bill that pushes for free COVID-19 vaccine for all Filipinos
  • She said it is important for the government to allocate enough funds to ensure everyone’s health and safety
  • De Lima called for a need for a concrete vaccination plan that is inclusive to all Filipinos

Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all Filipinos.

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De Lima filed Senate Bill No. 1942 or the “Libreng Bakuna Kontra COVID-19 Para sa Lahat ng Pilipino” Act to ensure that enough funds will be allocated to our health system so we can offer free COVID-19 vaccine to Filipinos.

“Anticipating the arrival of these vaccines subject to trials and local evaluation soonest, this representation believes the need to guarantee free vaccination for all Filipinos whose right to health should not be diminished by belatedly acting on the health crisis,” De Lima said.

Citing the importance of herd immunity, she explained that to ensure the vaccine’s efficacy, more people should be inoculated. De Lima urged the government to be prepared to distribute the vaccines to all Filipinos.

“As hopes grow for the early arrival of vaccines in the country, we must be prepared and guarantee our people the safe and efficient distribution of the vaccine to all Filipinos, especially the priority and vulnerable sectors of our society. It cannot be overemphasized: vaccine coverage is as important as vaccine efficacy,” she added.

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De Lima also stressed the need for a concrete vaccination plan for all Filipinos.

“A concrete plan of action that will universally promote the right of all Filipinos to health is vital in winning this battle against COVID-19. A vaccination plan that is inclusive will be an instrument to create herd immunity in a country of more than 100 million,” she said.