Jun 22, 2021 @ 12:36
Guevarra: No law compelling people to get COVID-19 jab
There is no law yet compelling people to get vaccinated, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said.
Guevarra made the statement when his take was sought regarding President Duterte’s latest televised rant that he would order the arrest of persons who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Guevarra pointed out that Duterte only used harsh words to convince people to get COVID-19 vaccine.
“I believe that the president merely used strong words to drive home the need for us to get vaccinated and reach herd immunity as soon as possible.”
“As a lawyer, he knows that not getting vaccinated is a legal choice; there is no law as yet that compels vaccination against Covid-19, much less criminalizes it, as presently available vaccines are still in their trial phases,” Guevarra said.
Duterte said on Monday, June 21:” Kung ayaw mo magpabakuna, ipaaresto kita at ang bakuna, itusok ko sa puwet mo. Putang ina, bwisit kayo. ”
“Magpabakuna kayo or ipakulong ko kayo sa selda, ” he added.
He has also threatened to inject them with the version of anti-parasitic medicine Ivermectin intended for animals.
The government has administered over seven million vaccine doses as of Monday, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Of that number, only 1.9 million have been fully vaccinated or have received their second vaccine dose.