Kuwait is planning to implement a “No Vaccine, No Visa Renewal’ policy on residence visas. However, not all Filipinos agree on the implementation.
The COVID-19 vaccine was already implemented in Kuwait in December 2020 but the reported number of COVID-19 is still quite high.
According to Iromar Monterola, a forensic nurse in Kuwait, he agrees to the proposal to protect the people who are yet to be allowed to get vaccinated.
“Kailangan talaga natin magpa vaccine kasi unang-una, kailangan natin ma protektahan ang mga taong hindi qualified magpa vaccine. For example yung mga bata na 16 years old pababa or yung mga nanay na nagpapa-breastfeed. Ngayon kasi, hindi sila pwedeng mabakunahan,” says Monterola.
But some front liners in Kuwait are hesitant on this new policy.
“Hindi mo naman pwedeng sabihin na hindi mo I rerenew yung visa ng tao dahil hindi xa nagpa vaccine. Kasi meron din silang karapatan to decide para sa sarili nila for some reason. Kasi may mga iba na may mga medical problems kaya hindi sila nagpapavaccine or meron naman iba na natatakot sa resulta later on,” says another COVID-19 frontliner in Kuwait.
The vaccine in Kuwait is free of charge and yet, there are a lot of people who are hesitant to get it because of its possible side effects.