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Legislator seeks to annul executive orders on vaccination

Rep. Lisie Burgos Muñiz

By The Star Staff

Rep. Lisie Burgos Muñiz, the spokeswoman for the Dignity Project delegation in the island House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday that she filed House Concurrent Resolution 32, with which she seeks to eliminate Executive Orders OE-2021-058, OE-2021-062, OE -2021-063 and OE-2021-064 related to compulsory vaccination recently issued by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia.

The legislator said that if such a resolution is approved, the obligation of employers, both public and private, to require from their employees evidence of vaccination or weekly negative result of COVID-19 would be null and void.

In addition, the resolution would eliminate the obligation of businesses to demand evidence of vaccination or negative tests from their visitors.

“The Resolution that I filed yesterday afternoon, what it seeks is to eliminate all those Executive Orders that impose an environment of segregation on the People of Puerto Rico,” the at-large lawmaker said in a written statement. “It is unreasonable that vaccinated people are not required to test negative at work or in [places of business], when we know that vaccinated people can also be infected and transmit the virus. A vaccinated person can become infected at her work or in a business, and then transmit COVID-19 to a relative at her home, regardless of whether or not the relative is vaccinated. For this reason, the Governor’s Executive Orders do not seek to stop the contagion, rather they are coercive Orders to pressure citizens to get vaccinated. I reiterate that governing through coercion and intimidation is very dangerous for our democracy.”

Separately, Enrique Völckers Nin, the chief executive of innovation & information and director of the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (PRITS), announced Tuesday that so far some 800,000 Puerto Rico residents have obtained proof of vaccination against COVID-19 through the VACU-ID system.

“On August 11, we announced the availability through CESCO Digital of a system that would allow a citizen with an official identification issued by the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP), to present evidence of having completed the vaccination cycle against COVID-19 in an accessible and fast way,” Völckers Nin said in a written statement.

After concluding the testing period, the PRITS official said, “the second phase consists of attending to all vaccinated citizens who do not have a record in DTOP, understood as a license, Real ID or official identification.”

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