Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque is appealing to the public to not believe people who are discouraging vaccination vs Covid-19.
He cited the viral videos of those against the “no vaccination, no ride’’ policy, with most saying they cannot be forced to be inoculated because they do not believe the jabs will benefit them.
“Let’s not come up with any hindrance for the national vaccination program not to succeed,” Duque said during the Laging Handa briefing in Filipino.
Since January 17, only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to take public transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR) as per the Department of Transportation order.
Duque added that the policy has exemptions, like those purchasing essential goods and medicines, paying bills, going to work, or those with comorbidities as advised by doctors.
He emphasized that vaccination benefits everyone, especially senior citizens and those with comorbidities.
“Since the government purchased these [Covid-19 vaccines] with the taxes it has collected, let us support [the national vaccination drive] so every person will have enough protection and our lives will go back to normal,” Duque said in Filipino.
As of Sunday, the country has already administered 123.366 million vaccine doses since the vaccination rollout in March last year.
A total of 21.474 million doses were administered in the NCR alone.