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Jab Anti-Vaxxers While Asleep – Rody

Jab Anti-Vaxxers While Asleep – Rody
A worker at the night market in Divisoria, Manila gets vaccinated against COVID-19 on July 5, 2021. Photo by Miguel de Guzman, The Philippine STAR

Aware that vaccine hesitation remains a problem despite the rising number of fully inoculated persons, President Duterte said those who refuse COVID-19 vaccines should be injected while sleeping.

“That’s the problem, those who do not want to get vaccinated. Look for them in your barangay. Let’s go to their places and while they are sleeping, inject the vaccine on them so the story can be completed,” Duterte said in Filipino during his address to the people aired Monday night, Oct. 11.

“If they do not want it, let’s go to their house, vaccinate them at night. I will lead the journey,” he added. It was unclear if Duterte was serious when he made the remark. Informed consent is needed before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Chief Executive also took responsibility for the shortage in COVID-19 jabs this year.

“That gave me a problem. If there’s anyone who was at fault there, I would just admit it because I could not do anything. I wanted to buy but I could not find any seller. If I compete with the rich ones in the purchase of vaccines, I would lag behind. So that’s what you have to understand. Now, if someone committed a mistake there, it would be one else but me. I would admit it,” Duterte said.

“Fortunately, we have some money. According to (Finance) Secretary (Carlos) Dominguez (III), we have the money. We have the money to pay for the vaccines for all Filipinos,” he added.

“We are confident that the most, if not all, major cities in the country will be hit and even surpass this target before Christmas, I hope,” Duterte said, noting that close to 50 million COVID-19 jabs have been administered with 23 million complete doses.

In Metro Manila, more than 7.5 million individuals, almost 77 percent of the target population, have been fully vaccinated.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana added that the government would establish One Oxygen Command centers in different regions to ensure there’s enough medical oxygen supply in hospitals.

On Monday, the country received an additional 272,610 doses of government-procured Pfizer vaccines, hours after receiving 924,300 Pfizer doses donated by the COVAX Facility. To date, some 8,377,200 Pfizer doses have arrived out of the 40 million doses purchased by the government through a multilateral agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

No immediate need

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Eric Domingo yesterday said there is “no immediate need” to administer COVID-19 booster shots because there are no indications yet that the efficacy of vaccines has waned.

“With regard to Sinovac, five months have passed and we are approaching six months. But so far, we can see that it still offers protection and we are not seeing a huge increase in COVID-19 infections among our 20 million vaccinated persons. So I fully agree that at this time, there’s no reason to believe that we need it (booster shot) immediately,” Domingo added.

Some Asian countries are planning to provide booster shots for their health care workers who were given Sinovac jabs amid reports that they still got infected with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Duterte administration allocated P45 billion in next year’s national budget to buy booster shots. – With Jose Rodel Clapano