Filipinos on priority list cannot choose vaccine brand, Roque says

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  • Filipinos who are lined up on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccine cannot choose the brand they will receive
  • Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that if they want to wait for another brand of vaccine, they will be removed from the priority list
  • He also assured the public that Sinovac is safe and effective

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that Filipinos on priority list cannot choose the brand of vaccine that they will receive.

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During the briefing on Monday, Roque explained that the 25 million doses of Sinovac will start arriving in the country next month. Priority will be given to frontline health workers, indigent senior citizens, remaining senior citizen, remaining indigent population, and uniformed personnel in areas with high cases of COVID-19.

When asked if Filipinos can choose the brand of vaccine they want to be inoculated with, Roque explained that they can’t.

“Wala pong pilian. Wala kasing pilitan. Pero magsa-sign ka ng waiver na hindi ka nagpaturok at kapag ikaw ay merong prayoridad, siyempre mawawala ang prayoridad mo. Sasama ka doon sa the rest of the taumbayan na nag-aantay ng bakuna,” he explained.

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Roque added that he understands that people are considering their health but they cannot be “choosy” because there are others in line for the vaccine.

“Tama lang po ‘yan. Walang pilian kasi hindi naman natin mako-control talaga kung anong unang darating at libre po ito. Totoo po, meron tayong lahat na karapatan para sa mabuting kalusugan pero hindi naman po puwede na pihikan dahil napakadaming Pilipino na dapat turukan,” Roque said.

He also reiterated that Sinovac is safe and effective; citing its 91.25 percent efficacy rate in Turkey. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is also set to be vaccinated with Sinovac.

“Sa mga may colonial mentality na gusto ang Pfizer, well, puwede po kayong mag-antay pero ang ating warning po ay talaga diyan lang po iyan maibibigay sa Pilipinas sa mga major na siyudad kasi wala naman talaga tayong cold chain capacity outside of Metro Manila,” he said.

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