/ 4 March 2021

THE FACULTY union of the University of Santo Tomas asked the school administration to vaccinate its faculty against the coronavirus disease.

“As one of the last few actions of your current board, I am pleased to inform you that we have already initiated talks with the university regarding the procurement, distribution and actual vaccination of our academic staff against the Covid19 infection,” Dr. George Lim, the union’s outgoing president, said.

“Further discussions with our university officials will be made by our incoming board,” he added.

Citing a report from the school’s publication the Varsitarian, newly elected USTFU president Assistant Professor Emerito Gonzales said faculty members were united on the call for inoculation.

“Faculty vaccination is a priority plan of the incoming USTFU officers and directors, as well as of the outgoing officers,” Gonzales said.

“As of now, hindi pa nakakaupo ang new USTFU board of officers and directors, but we shall take the vaccination issue in the first meeting of the new board after we are sworn in,” he added.

Gonzales stressed that “lots of consultations needed to be made with the UST administration and the Manila city government.”

Among the platforms presented by Gonzales’ Sulong USTFU party during the union elections was free inoculation for all faculty members, which would be charged to their hospitalization benefits.

He also mentioned the university’s plan to vaccinate its employees and students.

“It is also the plan of the UST administration for all the employees, faculty members and students of UST, in cooperation with the city government of Manila,” Gonzales said.