Nurses’ groups on COVID vaccination of military: “Unahin naman sana yung mga health worker”

  • Several groups of health workers and advocates said they’re disappointed after the military and members of the PSG were given COVID-19 vaccine first
  • The groups lamented how the government failed to consider that the health workers are more at risk
  • The groups appealed for the government to prioritize the welfare of the health workers

Several groups of health workers and advocates expressed their disappointment over the report that some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Presidential Security Group already received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Coalition for People’s Right to Health said they were disappointed at how the government bypassed the health workers to prioritize the military. Earlier, the government issued a list of priority groups where the health workers were at the top while the uniformed personnel were at the fifth stop.

“Clearly, if it is indeed true that soldiers and PSG staff were vaccinated, then 24 million health workers and patients were bypassed, and especially leapfrogged by those not even listed yet were able to receive it illegally,” the group stated.

Robert Mendoza, national president of Alliance of Health Workers, said health workers and military personnel should be administered vaccines and “not one (sector) only being prioritized.”

Jocelyn Andamo, secretary general of Filipino Nurses United, stressed how health workers are more at risk for COVID-19 because they are the ones in contact with patients.

“Parang inapi naman nila yung health workers. Talagang ipinakita nila na hindi priority. Aside from that, ‘yung mga benefits na hindi pa natatanggap,” FNU Treasurer Jaymmee de Guzman told ABS-CBN.

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“Unahin naman sana yung mga health worker,” she said. “Nakaka-disappoint. Nakakagalit.”

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that several members of the AFP and PSG indeed received the covid vaccine. He appealed to the public not to deny the soldiers from protecting themselves against COVID-19. He also said the vaccines were donated.