MALACAÑANG is probably preoccupied with something else because, in what appears to be a surprise to newsmen covering the Palace, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that they have yet to receive information on Chinese nationals vaccinated against COVID-19 amid limited supply of jabs.
“Wala po kaming nalalaman tungkol dito sa mga Chinese nationals na na-vaccinate. Posible naman po, baka mga Filipino-Chinese ‘yan,” Roque told reporters when asked to comment about the admission of Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto Rubio.
The Department of Health (DOH) has since investigated the report dragging the Pasay City government’s vaccination of Chinese nationals whom Mayor Calixto claimed were either senior citizens or persons with comorbidities residing in Pasay City. Its public information office said that some of them are members of the Pasay City Chamber of Commerce.
The health department said it was looking into reports of the vaccinated Chinese.
The inter-agency task force leading the country’s COVID-19 response has not come up with protocols for the vaccination of expatriates in the Philippines.
“Siguro po darating ‘yan dahil darating na rin ‘yong bulto ng ating supply. Pero ngayon pong kulang ang supply, pina-prioritize po natin iyong A1, A2, A3,” the Palace mouthpiece added, in reference to health workers, the elderly, and people with health risks.
The Philippines has received about 8.279 million COVID-19 shots. Authorities have administered at least 4.495 million of these doses nationwide, as of May 25.