President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday appealed to those who had the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to return for the booster shot to make them fully immunized from the virus.
In his weekly public address on government response to the pandemic, President Duterte said he wants authorities to convince people to get the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine to ensure protection.
“Mahirapan talaga akong magkumbinse sa Pilipino, lalo na ‘yong matigas ang ulo. Kindly follow instruction. Hindi naman mahirap ‘yan eh. You find time at your convenience na bumalik doon pumila at magpabakuna ng tinatawag nilang second booster. Iyon ang magbigay sa inyo ng more or less a good protection,” he said.
“I want the authorities and the LGUs to find out why this is happening and to take steps to return to their — maimbiyerna sila na madala ng mga barangay captain pati mayors. Kindly help us ferret out the persons who have not received the second booster until now.”
The President told people to get the full dose, saying although it took some time for the country to get its share of the jabs, vaccine shipments now come in as western countries wrap up their vaccination drive and after they expressed willingness to share their inventories.
COVID-19, he said “is a very toxic thing” and it can contaminate people again, therefore a complete regimen is needed. Despite getting the shot, he advised the public to continue adhering to government-mandated protocols such as wearing of mask, frequent handwashing, and observing physical distancing.
“Matatapos rin ito, especially with your cooperation, matatapos ito mas madali,” he stressed.
On Sunday, the Philippines received another one million doses of CoronaVac manufactured by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.
The shipment is part of the 10 million doses that the government expect to receive this month, according to vaccine coordinator Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
Other deliveries expected this June will come from drugmakers Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya Research Institute and Moderna. PND