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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



02 February 2021 06:49:24 PM

The House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, approved on Second Reading Tuesday, House Bill 8558 or the proposed “Mandatory Immunization Program Act,” principally authored by Deputy Speaker Strike Revilla and House Committee on Health Chairperson Angelina “Helen” Tan M.D. (4th District, Quezon). The measure seeks to repeal Republic Act 10152 or the “Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011.” Under HB 8558, the mandatory immunization would now include vaccine-preventable diseases for 1) Tuberculosis, 2) Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, 3) Poliomyelitis, 4) Measles, 5) Mumps, 6) Rubella or German Measles, 7) Hepatitis-B, 8) H. Influenza Type B, (HIB) 9) Rotavirus, 10) Japanese Encephalitis 11) Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), 12) Human Papilloma Virus 13) Booster for Measles, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria (MRTD) and other types as may be determined by the Secretary of Health. It would also mandate the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to include the mandatory immunization services in its benefit package, but would undergo evaluation conforming to Republic Act 11223 or the “Universal Health Care Act.”