Lawmaker seeks vaccine prioritization of kasambahays

By CNN Phiippines Staff

A House lawmaker is batting for the priority immunization of around 1.2 million kasambahays or household workers under the A4 category.

“I can’t see any valid justification to exclude kasambahays in the vaccine priority list. If we want families that do not go outside their homes safe from the virus, we should also have our kasambahays inoculated the soonest possible time like all other workers tagged as essential or frontline,” Probinsyano Ako Partylist Rep. Jose “Bonito” C. Singson Jr. said in a statement Sunday.

Singson said there is no reason why kasambahays should not be in the list as they are often the ones who go outside of the house to get needed supplies or food items, thus putting them at risk.

The lawmaker said he was disappointed to learn that kasambahays were not included in the classification .

“Hindi naman dahil kasambahay ang tawag sa kanila ay puro work from home na ang trabaho nila. Marami sa kanila ang namamalengke, pinabibili ng mga gamot sa drugstore, nagpupunta sa sari-sari store o groceries; naglalabas ng basura at marami pang ibang gawain sa labas ng bahay,” he said.

[Translation: Our household workers do not just do work at home. A lot of them go to the market, buy from drugstores, go to neighborhood stores or buy groceries, they take out the garbage and other things outside the house.]

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