President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night urged local government units (LGUs) to guide people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and even feed them if they have to.
“I also appeal to all governors and mayors, bring them to hospitals, malls and even in Jollibee and McDonalds’ branches so they can get vaccinated,” he said partly in Filipino in a prerecorded Talk to the People.
Fast-food giants Jollibee Foods Corporation and McDonald’s Philippines earlier offered their restaurants as Covid-19 vaccination sites to assist the government in ramping up inoculation.
Duterte said local officials should also ensure that those who get vaccinated in fast-food chains are treated to free meals. He also offered to reimburse the money to be spent for food.
“Those going to Jollibee and McDonald’s to get vaccinated might get hungry and would smell the food there. I am authorizing all governors and mayors to spend money. I’ll reimburse it, just let them eat. Really, just give me the bill and I will try to pay it if I have the money,” he added in Filipino.
He said local officials should not have trouble enticing their constituents to get their Covid-19 jabs since they were used to luring crowds during election season.
“Governors and mayors are used to mobilizing crowds so they should find it easy,” he said in Filipino.
He also thanked the private sector, including malls, fast food chains and private hospitals for participating in the government’s three-day “Bayanihan Bakunahan” program or simultaneous vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
The “Bayanihan Bakunahan” program seeks to vaccinate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside Metro Manila.
Currently, more than 33.5 million Filipinos have completed their Covid-19 jabs.