IN a bid to inoculate more Filipinos, former Senator JV Ejercito is proposing to the national government to bring the vaccination to the transport terminals.
Ejercito made the suggestion in response to the “no vaccination, no ride” policy implemented by the Department of Transportation (DoTR).
In a statement, Ejercito said vaccines should be made available in jeepney terminals, bus terminals, rail stations, seaports and airports across the country.
The former senator said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH) can implement this policy to allow unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Filipino commuters to receive jabs at their own convenience.
He said this effort may dramatically increase the number of inoculated Filipinos against COVID-19 amid a surge of cases driven by the Omicron variant.
“Maraming Pilipino ang nakadepende sa pampublikong transportasyon para makapaghanapbuhay. Gamitin natin ito bilang solusyon para mas maraming mabakunahan imbis na sila’y mapahirapan,” Ejercito said.
“Para makatulong sa mga Pilipino na hindi makapunta sa vaccination sites dahil sa hanapbuhay, mas mainam na ilapit natin ito sa kanila. Pwede maging vaccination site ang mga transport terminals,” the former Senator added.
Ejercito said vaccination sites could be deployed at major bus terminals such as the Araneta Center Bus Terminal, Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, EDSA Pasay Terminal and several terminals in the City of Manila, among others, as well as in railway stations under LRT-1 with 116,000+ daily ridership average, LRT-2 with 50,000+ daily ridership average and MRT-3 with 142,000+ daily ridership average during the pandemic.