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Traders urge jab priority for hands

The original plan was to provide 6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the private sector and 11 million to local government units

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After pouring resources to safeguarding health workers and others leading the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019, the business sector is now appealing for the availability of vaccines to workers.

A business adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte asked for priority to economic frontliners for the arriving AztraZeneca vaccines.

Through a program “A Dose of Hope,” an initiative of the private sector, led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion to donate Covid-19 vaccines, the original plan was to provide 6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the private sector and 11 million to local government units (LGU), or a total of 17 million doses.

Flexibility urged

In an interview, Concepcion said the government is being requested to at least allocate more doses of vaccines for workers and the prioritization of their inoculation once the AztraZeneca jabs arrive in the first week of June 2021.

“We are still negotiating with the government to be more flexible in the positioned groupings because we have so many industries in the private sector. And you cannot define every position out there because each one has its own definition, so we are asking them (government) to give us that flexibility,” according to Concepcion.

He added that they have already paid the price of the vaccine “so in their case, whether priority 1 will become priority 3, that doesn’t matter if we will going to do that, we (only) require a day or two,” stating that the private sector is quicker to act compared to the government because the private sector can control the distribution of the vaccines better to their employees.

“We are hoping that their share (government) will be given first to us and we will give it back to them towards the end of the vaccination process,” Concepcion expressed.

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