SENATE President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III on Tuesday urged the government’s pandemic task force to impose sanctions on health workers and other vaccinators involved in the misadministration of coronavirus vaccines to the public.
Sotto’s appeal came after a viral video showing a health worker failing to inject a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a resident in Makati City.
Sotto said he has received similar reports of botched vaccinations in other localities.
“There are similar complaints from others in other LGUs. The IATF should investigate and exercise sanctions,” Sotto said in a text message to reporters.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros said she was “very concerned” that some vaccine recipients may not have been receiving their proper coronavirus shots.
“At this rate, we are not even doing the recommended 500,000 vaccinations a day,” she lamented.
But she noted the physical and emotional exhaustion among health care workers amid the fight against the COVID-19.
“The DOH and LGUs must double their efforts to mobilize more vaccinators to reduce the burden on HCWs. Dapat hindi sila nabu-burnout,” Hontiveros said in a separate message.
“We have been sounding a wakeup call on improving the situation of our healthcare workers for more than a year now to enable us to attract and hire more to meet the demand. Kailangan ng ating HCWs ng tamang sahod, sapat na pahinga, bakuna, immune boosters at sapat na PPEs,” she added.
“Hindi lang kalusugan nila ang nakataya, kundi ang kakayahan nilang patuloy na maglingkod sa kapwa,” Hontiveros pointed out.