Jun 11, 2021 @ 13:54

Supreme Court justices are already vaccinated – CJ Gesmundo

All justices of the Supreme Court have already been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said on Friday.

“All members of the court have been completely vaccinated. We improved, as we requested the task force on vaccination, we requested that we be upgraded to A4 category so we were provided with vaccines and most I think all of us have completed the 2nd jab, ” Gesmundo said during his first Meet the Press event.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) has granted the judiciary’s request for inclusion in the priority list for COVID-19 vaccination of some 30,000 court personnel – including justices and judges – as Category A4.

“I am pleased to inform you that our request for inclusion in priority population group A4 (category A4) of the Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines has been granted by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF),” then acting Chief Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said.

Category A4 are frontline personnel in essential sectors both in public and private sectors, including uniformed personnel, and those in working sectors identified by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) that are directly client facing and cannot dutifully meet minimum public health standards.

The letter-request for inclusion in the priority list stated that “justices, judges, and court personnel of the Philippine Judiciary (comprised of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and trial courts) are frontline government workers in the justice sector, whose functions are essential at all times, especially during the pandemic.”

Through its adjudicatory functions, the request stated that the” judiciary is an essential institution in the justice sector that works hand-in-hand with the executive branch of government to effectively perform its task of maintaining peace and order and safeguarding public welfare in accordance with the rule of law.”

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