Robredo wants to help fast-track OFW vaccination

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said her office has the manpower to vaccinate overseas Filipino workers if only the national government will provide them access to supply.

During her weekly radio show, Robredo reiterated her appeal to be given access to the country's vaccine supply as she stressed the need to prioritize OFWs, aside from senior citizens and medical frontliners.

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She said her office has a pool of volunteers to administer the coronavirus shots, adding they already have an infrastructure in place for a smooth immunization process.

"Itong seafarers, OFWs, willing kami na magba-vaccinate sa kanila," she said. "Kami mag-aasikaso sa lahat, bigyan lang kami ng access sa supply," Robredo said.

[Translation: These seafarers, OFWs, we are willing to vaccinate them. We will take care of everything, just give us access to supply.]

"Ang tinuturukan pa lang ay 'yung pa-deploy... Kahit walang date, i-prioritize na para kung may available na trabaho, hindi na sila maantala," she added.

[Translation: They inoculate workers who have schedules for deployment... Even if there is no date yet (for departure), OFWs should be prioritized so that if there are jobs available, there will be no delays.]

The Vice President's sentiments came as the government admitted facing logistical problems following the increase in vaccine supply.

She also said that the vaccination drive should be liberalized.

"Ang daming bakuna ngayon pero masyado kasing centralized," she pointed out. "Sana mas i-liberalize nila ‘yung mga kumpanya para mabakunahan na nila ‘yung kanilang mga employees."

[Translation: There are many vaccines now but the process is too centralized. I hope they liberalize it, so that companies can vaccinate their employees.]