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House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has called on the Department of Health to implement vaccination allowance and better registration procedures to encourage more Filipinos to get vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines rather than launching a raffle.

“The problem is not the lack of some probability of winning a big prize. The problem is for many, they have to skip a work day just to get jabbed. For the average wage worker, that will cost them the day’s pay.” Salceda said.

Earlier this year, I already proposed that we give a day’s worth of minimum wage as a vaccine incentive. There are places where that’s being done already, like Davao City,” Salceda added.

“The point is, you compensate for the trouble. Even with a raffle, for many working class Filipinos, foregoing a day’s wages is too much,” Salceda said.

Bicol vaccine supplies still low

Salceda also said that Bicol’s vaccine supply is still in need of boosting.

“Region-wide, we are just at 10 percent of the population vaccinated. That’s among the lowest in the country. We need help,” Salceda said.

Salceda also warned that “the lack of vaccines could threaten the strength of our response.”

“Our COVID-19 response in the 2nd district of Albay has been hailed by the DOH and other groups as a model to follow. But it could go wrong with the lack of vaccines,” he stressed.

Look at the example of Vietnam. They were among the best in the world for minimum health standards and non-pharmaceutical interventions. They are now facing among the world’s worst surges because of a lack of vaccines, not because of neglect on the part of their government,” Salceda warned.

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