Business groups in the Philippines call for restrictions on unvaccinated

About 13 business groups have asked the government to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated individuals and to step up mass inoculations.
By: | October 7, 2021

In a joint statement, the private-sector groups said they “support the government’s view that COVID-19 vaccination policies should be more robust in order to save more Filipinos from serious sickness and death and help the economy and jobs to recover.”

“While we also steadfastly believe that everyone has the right to decide on vaccination, we do believe that the state and the private sector should be able to restrict the activities of unvaccinated persons for the common good,” the statement added.

Organisations which have signed the joint statement include: Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), Cebu Business Club (CBC), Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), GoNegosyo, Investment Houses Association of the Philippines (IHAP), Makati Business Club (MBC), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), Philippine Ecozones Association (PHILEA), Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), and WomenBizPH.

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Citing experts, the groups said the unvaccinated are more likely to get seriously sick “which would add to the strain on the healthcare system putting both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients at risk of not having access to medical treatment. In addition, there is evidence that unvaccinated persons may be more dangerous carriers of the virus,” according to GMA News Online.