President Rodrigo Duterte said he would prioritize all frontliners including the police and military in the list of the government’s vaccination drive.
“Kung milyon ‘yan, magsabay-sabay na kayo, huli na kami. Kung may maiwan para sa amin kay Bong [Sen. Go], kay [Sec. Delfin] Lorenzana, kung may maiwan eh ‘di para sa atin, unahin natin sila,” Duterte said on Wednesday night.
In August last year, Duterte repeatedly said that he would volunteer to go first in order to boost the public’s confidence on vaccines.
Citing the priority list on the vaccination program, Duterta said: “Ang mga frontline na health workers; mauna ang teachers at social workers and other government workers; and three, essential workers outside health, education, social welfare, for example, agriculture, food, tourism and ‘yung may contact talaga sa tao; then the socio-demographic groups at tingnan natin kung sino ang mauna sa kanila. Then there are the overseas Filipino workers; all remaining workers; other remaining workers; then, all remaining citizens.”
The President also told the military and the police that they will not be the first one to be vaccinated.
This, amid the controversies hounding the self-vaccination of the Presidential Security Group.
The Philippines aims to vaccinate 110 million people, but Duterte insists that they will not be forced to do so.
“Ngayon, kung mayroong mga tao na ayaw, eh ‘di mas mabuti mauna natin ‘yung gusto, at we can tone down the orders kung sobra-sobra na,” he said.