PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has a morbid way to convince the public to get vaccinated – take jabs now or get sick or worse, infect others.
“We cannot force you, kung ayaw ninyo, huwag kayo lumabas ng bahay. ‘Pag lumabas kayo, mahahawa ninyo ang ibang tao. Maghawaan talaga ‘yan,” Duterte said, citing the emergence of new variants of coronavirus.
“Pag hindi ka na makahinga, dalhin ka sa ospital, walang makalapit sa pasyente, doctor lang, nakabalot pa to avoid being infected,” he added.
“Pag namatay kayo, derecho kayo sa morgue. Di mo mahalikan, marealize mo ang sakit,” he further averred, even as the President warned the public that their fate is a matter of their choice –“Your choice, your life,” he said.
Oddly though, the national government’s COVID-19 vaccination remains snail-paced amid limited supplies. To date, the country has only been able to get seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The government is eyeing to vaccinate 58 million people or 70 percent of the population in focus areas to achieve herd immunity by the end of the year.