MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday the proposed “bubbles” for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be pushed when the majority of Filipinos have completed the vaccination process.
Guevarra was reacting to the statement of Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III who also suggested imposing restrictions for unvaccinated individuals once local government units achieve a vaccination rate of 70% to 80%.
“I understand that the objective behind PA Concepcion’s proposal to give vaccinated persons greater mobility and access is to boost the revival of certain sectors of the economy,” the Cabinet official said in a text message.
“The idea is good but may be challenged as violative of the equal protection clause by those who have remained unvaccinated but are nonetheless complying with mandatory health protocols. Without prejudging the legal issue, the proper time to push for the proposal is when the vaccines have become readily available to anyone anywhere and the majority of the people have been fully vaccinated,” he added.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Monday that he was in favor of Concepcion’s proposal, although he raised possible legal concerns after consulting Guevarra on the matter.
A total of 13 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, still far from the government’s target of vaccinating up to 70 million people before the end of the year. (MNS)