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Marcy Teodoro calls ‘no vax, no ride’ policy impractical. Here’s why

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Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said it’s “impractical” for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to require commuters to present vaccination cards as a requirement for them to take public transportation.

In an interview on One News’ “The Chiefs” Thursday (January 20), Teodoro said the DOTr’s directive is also difficult to enforce.

Citing Republic Act 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, Teodoro said vaccination cards should not be considered as an additional requirement for education, employment or other similar government transactions.

“It tends to be impractical given our current situation and there are cases where it might be discriminating to the movement of the majority of the people, not to mention the inconvenience it caused to those who are taking public transportation—whether vaccinated or not,” Teodoro said.

The mayor said some also told him that the DOTr’s directive is “anti-poor” since most commuters are those who cannot afford to buy cars.

The DOTr has since clarified that persons who go out for essential purposes like buying groceries or going to work can ride public transportation even if they are unvaccinated.