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Duque advises anti-vaxxers not to promote their beliefs.
The national vaccination campaign is designed to protect the population from Covid-19, and obstructing the pandemic response will not assist.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III encouraged people and groups not to persuade Filipinos not to be vaccinated on Monday.
He referenced viral recordings of persons opposed to the “no vaccination, no ride” policy, with the majority stating that they cannot be compelled to be inoculated since they do not believe the vaccines will help them.
“Huwag na po nating gawing hadlang ang kung anu-ano, para lang huwag maging tagumpay ang ating national vaccination program,” Duque said at the Laging Handa briefing.
According to a Department of Transit regulation, only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to ride public transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR) starting on January 17.
Exemptions, according to Duque, include those purchasing needed products and medicines, paying bills, going to work, and those with comorbidities who have been recommended by doctors.
He emphasized the importance of vaccination for everyone, particularly seniors and those with comorbidities.
“Dahil inangkat na ito ng gobyerno at binayaran na ito ng inyong gobyerno sa mga buwis na tinanggap nito, nakolekta, ay suportahan naman natin para magkaroon ng sapat na proteksiyon ang bawat mamamayan
Since the immunization campaign began in March of last year, the country has administered 123,365,808 vaccine doses.
In the NCR alone, a total of 21,473,675 doses were administered.