As far as Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon is concerned, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta should not be allowed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to work since she refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a statement last month, Drilon said that Acosta’s unvaccinated status could contribute to vaccine hesitancy in the country. Since she’s unvaccinated, it’s a direct conflict with the government’s push to get Filipinos protected against the virus that’s affected millions nationwide.
In an interview with ANC’s Headstart last January 17, Acosta admitted to not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. She insisted that she was not an “anti-vaxxer” (a term for people that don’t believe in vaccines), just someone with health issues. In addition, she used her age as an excuse as well.
She also said during the interview that the “No Vaxx, No Ride” policy in the National Capital Region of the government was unconstitutional.
“Isn’t this a slap to the government?” Drilon asked in Tagalog. He pointed out that Acosta’s statements could add fuel to vaccine hesitancy which is already a pressing issue.
Drilon went on to say that the administration seemed to have double standards since Acosta was allowed to report to work while ordinary Filipinos that are unvaccinated are restricted in their movements.
“If the government is serious about the ‘no vax, stay at home; no vax, no [public transportation ride] policy’ it should apply it to all,” he said.
“Otherwise it will not work. The government should take the same hardline stance against their own officials. Set an example with Acosta.”
Before the pandemic, Acosta become notorious for repeatedly claiming that children who received the dengue vaccine “Dengvaxia” died as a result of the inoculation. To this day, no scientific proof has been released to support her claims.
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