Low takers for vaccines a huge challenge — DILG

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The government laments the fact that there is low interest among residents of local government units (LGUs) to be vaccinated to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This was the impression of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Usec. Jonathan Malaya in an interview.

He said the biggest challenge among LGUs is that its residents are not too keen to be vaccinated, mostly because of what they read on social media and through word of mouth or anecdotes.

He, however, noted that through intensive communication efforts, the impression is slowly improving.

He added that the public should realize that all the vaccines to be made available for the country’s vaccination plan and were approved by the government all underwent the correct and stringent process.

These vaccines, he continued, were all scrutinized by an independent panel of scientists and experts to ensure their safety and efficacy before they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) prior to its use in the country.

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