Duterte threatens the Filipinos who refuse to inoculate
11:03, 23 June 2021
Philippines battles against one of strongest contagion outbreaks in Asia with more than 1.3 million cases and 23000 deaths. Amid all of this, the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail those who refuse to get vaccinated.
“You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed”, Duterte said in a televised address on Monday.
His remarks run contrary to the health officials, who have said that the vaccination process was voluntary.
Vaccination is voluntary and not mandatory. The vaccine hesitancy emanates from the following reasons : 1. Lack of massive awareness campaign on the merits of vaccination 2. Lack of preferred vaccines 3. Perceived adverse events of vaccines
The medical community of the Philippines has been striving to encourage people to get a vaccine shot by deploying inoculation camps at churches, malls and cinemas, in order to give Philippines easier access to the shots.