By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Yahoo News

Malacañang said Thursday it will check if Vice President Leni Robredo has a place in government’s vaccination program prioritization list as the Philippines is set to receive first batch of coronavirus vaccine doses next week.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Robredo said she is willing to get COVID-19 jabs publicly while President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to announce if he changed his decision about getting vaccinated privately.

“Tignan po natin sa listahan (Let’s check the list) where she falls in the order of priority,” Roque said.

On Monday, Roque said the presidential family may not be prioritized in the vaccination unless they have comorbidities or they decide to help boost the public’s vaccine confidence.

“Ang first family po, well, ang masasabi ko lang po, unless merong with comorbidity, hindi po talaga sila mabibigyan ng prayoridad,” Roque said.

Government officials are seventh in line in priority list next to medical workers, senior citizens, individuals with comorbidities, frontline personnel, remaining indigent population, teachers, and social workers.

As a senior citizen, Duterte will be among the first individuals to be vaccinated, according to Roque.

RELATED ARTICLE: Manila Bulletin