PRRD NILAGDAAN NA ANG BATAS NA NAGPAPAHINTULOT SA PHARMACISTS, MIDWIVES NA MAGBAKUNA KONTRA COVID-19

Ni Raiza F. Cabugwang
Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, Photo courtesy of pna.gov.ph
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Sa ilalim ng Republic Act Number 11525 o COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) Vaccination Program Act of 2021 na nilagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Pebrero 26 ng taong ito, maaari nang hingin ang tulong ng pharmacists at midwives sa pagtuturok ng bakuna laban sa virus. 

Ang nabanggit na health professionals ay nararapat na sumailalim sa training ng Department of Health para sa programa sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 ng gobyerno. 

“Notwithstanding the provision of Section 4 (g) of Republic Act No. 10918, otherwise known as the ‘Philippine Pharmacy Act’, and Section 23 of Republic Act No. 7392 otherwise known as the ‘Philippine Midwifery Act of 1992’ and in furtherance of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, licensed pharmacists and midwives who are duly trained by the DOH may administer COVID-19 vaccines,” saad ng nasabing batas. 

Sa ilalim ng Section 4 (g) ng naturang pharmacy law, ang isang pharmacist ay maaaring makapagbigay ng bakunang aprubado ng Food and Drug Administration ng bansa pagkatapos nitong sumailalim sa pagsasanay sa pagtuturok ng bakuna at pangangasiwa sa posibleng side effect nito. Kinakailangan ding mayroon silang certificate mula sa isang institusyon na kinikilala ng Professional Regulation Commission na nagpapatunay na sila ay sumailalim sa nasabing training. 

Samantala, sa midwifery law naman, nakasaad na bukod sa pag-aalaga sa mga buntis o manganganak, sakop din ng serbisyong hatid ng midwives ang pagbibigay ng health education services sa pasyente, at maging sa pamilya at komunidad nito. Kasama rin dito ang pagbibigay ng pangunahing serbisyong pangkalusugan sa komunidad, kasama na ang pagtuturok ng bakuna. 

Nauna nang nagpahayag ng pagsuporta ang Department of Health hinggil sa nasabing hakbang para mas maparami pa ang bilang ng magbabakuna sa bansa. 

Kasama rin sa RA 11525 ang pagbuo ng P500 milyong COVID-19 National Vaccine Indemnity Fund na ipamamahagi ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. 

Nakasaad din sa naturang batas na walang pananagutan ang  mga opisyal at empleyado ng gobyerno, contractors,  manufacturers, volunteers, at representatives ng pribadong sektor na kabilang sa vaccination program sakaling mayroong matanggap na reklamo mula sa pagtuturok ng bakuna.

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