Go says ‘no vaccine, no subsidy’ unfair; urges gov’t to instead encourage, incentivize public to get vaccinated

Go says ‘no vaccine, no subsidy’ unfair; urges gov’t to instead encourage, incentivize public to get vaccinated

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has expressed
objection over the proposed ‘no vaccine, no subsidy’ policy, saying
that it is unfair and no one should be forced to get vaccinated just
to get government assistance.

“Unfair po yun, unfair sabi ko ng walang pilitan. Kung sino ang kusa,
bigyan natin ng insentibo,” said Go in an ambush interview after the
distribution of assistance to residents of Antipolo City in Rizal on
Tuesday, November 9.

Instead, Go said that the government should continue to encourage the
public to get vaccinated by explaining the benefits of vaccines and
providing further incentives.

“Ipaintindi natin sa kanila gaya ng ginawa ko kanina. (Sabi ko) pwede
bang nakikiusap kami sa inyo, pwede bang magpabakuna na kayo at mas
luluwag po… halimbawa, incentives, makakapasok sa restaurants,
makakapasyal, makakanood ng sine kapag bakunado. Pero sabihin mong
pilitan, hindi po hindi po ako sang-ayon dun,” said Go.

Go argued that every individual has the right to take or refuse
immunization. He did say, though, that the government should continue
to offer incentives to encourage people to obtain their shots.

“Kawawa naman ang Pilipino. Nandiyan pa rin ang takot. ‘Di mo
maiwasan. Karapatan po ng sambayanang Pilipino kung ayaw nilang
magpabakuna,” said Go.

“Pero ‘di kami titigil sa pagbibigay ng insentibo, pang-eengganyo sa
kanila na magpabakuna. Lalo na ang mga members ng 4Ps. Ito po ang
mahihirap, dapat ipaintindi nating mabuti sa kanila na mas makakabuti
sa inyo na protektado kayo kapag bakunado na kayo. But kapalit nun,
‘di po ako sang-ayon dun. Pinipilit natin sila, very unfair po ‘yun sa
mahihirap,” said Go.

Go said that President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to reject such
proposal as well. “I can’t speak in behalf of the president pero, most
likely, ganun din ang magiging stand n’ya. Pareho stand namin sa
mahihirap,” Go said. (ai/mtvn)

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