The mayors of the National Capital Region (NCR) support President Rodrigo Duterte’s order not to disclose the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine brands in inoculation sites to prevent “super spreader” events.
In a virtual briefing on Thursday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and Metro Manila Council Chairman Benhur Abalos said recent reports of large crowds flocking to vaccination sites offering Pfizer vaccines have made NCR mayors aware of the possibility of overcrowding.
“That’s what’s happening on the ground. And I share this with all Metro Manila mayors. We have seen this,” Abalos said partly in Filipino.
He noted that the planned brand agnostic vaccination policy would not put the public in danger as they will be screened by a health professional and informed of their prescribed vaccine before inoculation.
“It is being studied right now whether the public would only be allowed to know their brands on the spot. Where a doctor would tell you, this is right for you,” Abalos said in Filipino.
He called on the public to pre-register with their local government units and wait for the appointment, noting that vaccination sites rarely accept walk-ins as they have substitutes for those who fail to show up for their schedules.
In the meantime, Abalos encouraged the public to accept the first vaccine offered to them.“The most effective vaccine is the one we already have,” he said in Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH