By J. Jala | 07:55 PM January 11, 2021
Filipinos cannot choose which specific brand of Covid-19 vaccine they want to receive in the government’s free coronavirus vaccination drive, Malacañang said Monday, January 11, 2021.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the country has also secured 25 million doses of vaccine from China’s Sinovac, a part of which is expected to arrive by February.
He said that although everyone has the right to health, the public cannot afford to be “picky” with the coronavirus vaccines citing the large quantity of Filipinos who need to be vaccinated against the viral illness.
“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.
Those under the list of priority population who do not want to be vaccinated will have to sign a document waiving his/her priority privilege, Roque explained.
“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.
The Philippines has so far secured 2.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from British drugmaker AstraZeneca and 30 million doses of Indian-made Covovax vaccine.