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Palace on Pinoys getting COVID vaccine: 'Huwag naman maging pihikan'

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Manila Bulletin

Malacañang said Monday that Filipinos cannot choose which vaccine brand they want to receive on government’s free coronavirus vaccination rollout.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said although everyone has the health rights, the public could not be “picky” with vaccines, citing majority of Filipinos that need to be inoculated.

“Totoo po, meron tayong lahat na karapatan para sa mabuting kalusugan pero hindi naman po pwede na pihikan dahil napakaraming Pilipino na dapat turukan,” Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing.

Roque explained those under the priority list who do not want to get vaccinated will have to sign a document to waive his/her prioritization privilege.

“Wala pong pilian, wala kasing pilitan. Pero magsa-sign ka ng waiver na hindi ka nagpaturok at kapag ikaw ay may prayoridad, siyempre mawawala ang prayoridad mo, sasama ka sa the rest ng taumbayan na naghihintay ng bakuna,” Roque said.

“So tama lang naman po yan, walang pilian kasi hindi naman natin makokontrol talaga kung ano ang darating at libre po ito,” he added.

The Philippine government already sealed 2.6 million vaccine doses from British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and 30 million doses from India’s Covovax.

In the same press conference, Roque announced the country also secured 25 million doses from China’s Sinovac with an initial batch delivery on February this year.


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