Judiciary still determining completion date for COVID vaccination | Inquirer News

Judiciary still determining completion date for COVID vaccination

/ 04:38 PM June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Judiciary has yet to prepare a timeline for when its COVID-19 vaccination drive would be completed, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said Friday.


Gesmundo said The judiciary already runs its own vaccination campaign, but they continue to encourage their employees and officials to get vaccinated in their respective local government units.

“We have already requested the judge, judges, and court employees of the different regions in the country to register online with [their respective] LGUs to receive their vaccine,” Gemundo told reporters in his first CJ Meets the Press.


“I’ve worked so hard not only in upgrading our classification for purposes of the priority list, Gesmundo said adding that Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe also did her part to make sure that the judiciary gets a vaccine allocation from the national government.

Court officers and employees have now been classified as among the essential workers under the A4 category.

This week, there is a scheduled vaccination for 400 people only. The Judiciary has around 30,000 employees.

“I cannot really cite the projected completion of the vaccination…We have created a task force to supervise and ensure that the vaccination takes place in accordance with the schedule and on the number of the vaccines available for the judiciary,” Gesmundo told reporters in his first CJ Meets the Press.

Data from the Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Response Team showed that as of June 3, 2021, a total of 1,994 employees of the Supreme Court, Court of Tax Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and the trial courts have been afflicted with COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year. Of the 1,994 cases, 1,846 have recovered, 33 deaths, and 115 active cases.

The data said that of the 1,584 court workers who underwent quarantine after they were infected, 213 were hospitalized, 33 were quarantined in COVID-19 facilities while 972 underwent home quarantine or isolation.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said they already had two to three vaccination drives at the Supreme Court.


Next week, he said they are expecting 500 more doses to arrive.


30,000 court workers included in vaccine priority list

Priority list for vaccination program widens in judiciary


For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: CJ Meets The Press 2021, COVID-19, Supreme Court, vaccine
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.