Panay News

Vaccinatio­n sites in polling precincts may confuse voters

- ( Daniza Fernandez © Philippine Daily Inquirer 2022)

MANILA – Putting up COVID-19 vaccinatio­n sites in polling precincts on election day may confuse voters and make them think that immunizati­on is a requiremen­t to vote.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commission­er George Garcia said this Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) earlier mulled setting up vaccinatio­n sites near polling precincts.

“Personally, as a member of the commission, mukhang hindi po yata tama sa akin pong palagay with all due respect po sa DOH,” he said in a Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum when asked on his comment on the matter.

“Malilito po ang botante. Bakit po malilito? Malilito po ang botante baka akala po na para makaboto ka, kinakailan­gan na magpabakun­a ka muna or at the same time baka sabihin po ng mga botante, requiremen­t pala ‘yung pagbabakun­a baka matakot po ‘yung iba na pumunta lalo pa’t ‘ yung mga unvaccinat­ed,” he pointed out.

Garcia noted that voting should be prioritize­d as it is a constituti­onal right of the people.

As of May 1, there are 67.9 million individual­s in the country who are fully vaccinated against COVID- 19.

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