An article published by last 3 May 2021 quoted Dr. Samuel Ang of the Chinese General Hospital over the latter’s concern on the seeming governmental red tape in selecting vaccination venues.

In this regard, we would like to reach out to Dr. Ang and other possible stakeholders to discuss thoroughly their experiences in setting up a vaccination site as no specifics were mentioned in the article.

In the meantime, we are reviewing the process.

We will also coordinate the matter with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez. Like him, we believe that immediate action is needed if there are inefficiencies and matters to be streamlined in the processing of applications for vaccination sites.

There might be a need, too, to establish a green lane or one-stop-shop for those who wish to offer their public and private hospitals as additional location for the government’s anti-COVID inoculation program. This proposal is similar to what we are doing now to expedite permit processing for local COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.

Meanwhile, we sternly remind national government agencies and local government units to ensure COVID-19-related procedures are being treated with urgency and simplified. Otherwise, they will be investigated and will possibly face administrative or criminal sanctions under Republic Act no. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 and other pertinent laws.

Always remember that red tape in the time of pandemic could kill.