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Don’t want to get the vaccine? Stay home, says Duterte

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday evening, July 28, 2021, said those who don’t want to get the vaccine should just stay at home.

If they go out, Duterte said he will ask the police to escort them back to their homes.

He described an unvaccinated person as a “walking spreader” of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Itong mga ayaw magpabakuna, sinasabi ko sa Inyo, huwag kayong lumabas ng bahay (Those who don’t want to get vaccinated, I’m telling you, don’t go out of your homes),” Duterte said.

Those vaccinated, on the other hand, may step out of their homes.

“Yung mga bakunado, pupuwede kayong mamasyal. ‘Yung mga hindi pa bakunado, tumabi muna kayo at tignan ko kung ano’ng plano ko sa Inyo,” Duterte said.

He also said vaccines intended for eligible citizens who don’t want to get vaccinated should just be given to those who are willing to receive it.

“Yung mga ayaw magpabakuna, e, ‘di ayaw nila. Ibigay na lang natin sa iba para makatulong,” Duterte said.

He said barangay captains should go around and warn those who are not vaccinated to stay at home and avoid going around.

He said there is a need for a law to penalize unvaccinated persons who continue to move about at the risk of spreading Sars-CoV-2 and its highly contagious variants.

“We do not have a law, a punitive action that can be taken against the person who does not have the vaccine and go around, making it dangerous to others to acquire the virus,” Duterte said.

As of July 28, 2021, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said more than 6.8 million citizens have been fully vaccinated, having received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

First dose inoculations have surpassed 11.3 million, bringing the total doses administered in the country to more than 18.1 million.

The target is to inoculate around 77 million Filipinos, or 70 percent of the population, by the end of this year.

The government is inoculating priority groups A1 (health workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities), A4 (workers who need to go out to work) and A5 (indigent). (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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