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Wag sayangin: Administer Sinovac vaccines to inmates, detainees before they expire – Misamis solon

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A lawmaker on Monday called on the government to use the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines that will be expiring anytime soon to detainees and inmates.

Misamis Oriental Rep. Juliette Uy said allowing the Sinovac vaccine to expire is not acceptable.

“Let us not complicate the past mistake of procuring too much of the Sinovac by letting them expire,” Uy said in a statement.

Uy said detainees in the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and inmates in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) are “captive audiences” and “are ideal for not wasting the Sinovac doses bought with public funds.”

“Consider also that although the detainees are persons deprived of liberty, they have not lost the right to vote. Vaccinate them now so they can also vote in the May 2022 elections. Inoculate also all the BJMP, PNP, and BoC personnel,” Uy added.

She also underscored the importance of vaccinating the detainees and inmates since they are congested and confined in closed spaces where the risk of spread of COVID-19 is very high.

Dr. Tiong Roland Tan, assistant department head of the Quezon Integrated Provincial Health Office said that a number of individuals who went to their vaccination sites opted to go home after learning that they will be injected with the Sinovac vaccine.

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