SENIOR Citizens Party-list Rep. Rodolfo "Ompong" Ordanes on Thursday appealed to the Philippines' Covid-19 task force to consider using mall-based outlets of pharmacies as vaccination sites.
The senior lawmaker said it would help "move the country much closer to attaining herd immunity while also reviving economic activity in malls."
He cited as an example the United States that was able to achieve its vaccination targets because of the inclusion of pharmacies in its inoculation campaign.
In his letter to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Ordanes said he also asked that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) be allowed to participate in the vaccination efforts.
He said the PCSO can "streamline its [medicine donation and medical transport vehicle donation programs] and proactively deliver [Covid-19] medicines and ambulances, instead of [just] waiting for donation requests."
"The [local government units (LGUs)] are too busy grappling with Covid in their communities, so [the] PCSO should unload its stockpile of medicines and new ambulances swiftly with more proactive approaches," added Ordanes.
“To make this happen, the [Department of Health], the [Department of Budget and Management], and the PCSO must quickly come together to give the LGUs the logistics and means to make sure the Covid-positive in hospitals get well," the lawmaker said.
Ordanes had proposed house-to-house vaccination for persons with disability (PWDs) and senior citizens aged 70 and above, which he said was officially taken into consideration by the IATF.
A copy of the letter written by Galvez that was sent to reporters said Ordanes' "inputs will be considered as [they] craft the fourth phase of the National Action Plan against Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019)."