DILG: 13 local execs must explain why they were vaccinated for COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2021 08:34 AM | Updated as of Mar 31 2021 09:36 AM

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MANILA—Thirteen local officials have been directed to explain why they were vaccinated for COVID-19, despite not being on the priority list, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Wednesday.

Of this total, 11 were mayors, one was a governor and another a councilor, said DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing.

Only Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City in Albay has responded to the DILG's show-cause order, according to Densing

"Meron pa kaming nare-receive na reports at picture na nagpabakunang opisyales. Vina-validate kasi merong may kasamang kapitan," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(We have received reports and pictures of local officials who were given shots. We're still validating this, there were barangay chairpersons involved.)

Senior mayors can receive COVID-19 vaccines, as government began the inoculation of senior citizens alongside health workers.

The Department of Health has said mayors and barangay chairpersons are legally qualified for COVID-19 vaccination, according to Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

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