Senator Ping Lacson said in a Twitter post January 12 that telling people they can’t be choosy is not a smart information campaign to promote COVID-19 mass vaccination.
“Cockiness has no place in a pandemic situation. Instead of building people’s confidence by starting with a higher efficacy vaccine and accomplish its intended purpose, to tell them they can’t be choosy is definitely not a smart information campaign to promote mass inoculation,” the senator said.
This is after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during January 11 press briefing “totoo po, mayroon tayong lahat ng karapatan para sa mabuting kalusugan pero hindi naman po pupuwede na pihikan dahil napakadaming Pilipino na dapat turukan.”
In a separate statement, Lacson saiud “it’s not fair to say that Filipinos cannot choose their vaccines, at least from those made available by the government.”
It’s bad enough that the national government virtually controls which brand/s of vaccines to procure. Pati ba naman ang pagpili kung ano ituturok sa braso ng mga Pilipino, hindi pa rin pwede mamili ang Pilipino?” he added. “Bakit ko naman pipiliin ang brand na 50% lang ang efficacy at wala man lang application for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), against other brands with 79% and/or 95% efficacy and have pending EUA approval from the Food and Drug Administration?”
“Having said that, we can only pray and hope that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health properly implement the vaccination plan they laid out during our Senate hearing Monday,” he added.