Tell it to SunStar: Women need vaccines, not tarpaulins

More vaccines, not tarpaulins!

We are calling for more vaccine options for the public and an end to early and expensive election campaigning amid the country’s efforts to contain Covid-19.

Women want more vaccine options. The more vaccines that are made available, the more lives we can save, and the sooner we can all realize a new and better normal for all. Campaign tarpaulins and other early and expensive election campaigning will not save lives nor protect women from the global health crisis.

It was reported that tarpaulins that carried messages urging Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run for president in 2022 appeared in different parts of the country. Duterte and her supporters drew flak from the public as the tarpaulins sprouted in different areas amid the country’s lack of vaccines against Covid-19.

As women, who are one of the most vulnerable sectors to the pandemic, we are scandalized by this early election campaigning in the middle of a global health crisis. Hindi bale sana kung ganoon din kabilis ang rollout ng bakuna gaya ng paglalagay nila ng mga tarpaulin sa buong bansa.

Women have every right to call for more vaccines as they bear the brunt of the pandemic.

From facing a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission and deaths, as majority of health frontliners are women, to loss of jobs and increasing gender-based violence, the pandemic has hit women harder and worsened gender inequality. Let us not add furthermore to our women’s multiple burden by depriving them of a fast, safe and efficient vaccine program.

We call on the government to provide a safe, adequate and effective vaccination plan for all. We also call for the faster arrival of more vaccines to give the public, particularly women, the widest array options to protect ourselves from Covid-19.


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