After the long wait, the Philippines finally receives the first batch of Covid19 Vaccines. 600,000 doses of Sinovac donated by China arrived yesterday. The country is the last in Southeast Asia to receive the vaccine supply. The arrival of the vaccines was escorted and convoyed by military personnel (I don’t understand if it’s a protocol or an exaggerated welcome).
The first batch of vaccines are only allotted to medical health workers, military and police officers and some government officials. Receiving the vaccine is not mandatory but the government is encouraging everybody to receive.
Today is the first day of vaccination and unfortunately, there are many medical health workers still hesitate to get vaccinated. Their main concern is the low efficacy rate of Sinovac which found to be only 50.4 %. And also, there are many Filipinos do not trust the vaccine developed and made from China (I can’t blame them though). Most are still preferred to get vaccinated by other brand with high efficacy rate.
And since everyone has the right to choose the brand of vaccine to receive, many are willing to wait for the batches of vaccines that will come from other countries. On the other hand, there are also medical health workers who comfortably got vaccinated today. It’s better than nothing, that’s one of their reason for accepting Sinovac and they need protection as soon as possible more than anyone else.
While many Filipinos are still waiting for their turn to get vaccinated, there are also those who refuse because of their concern about the potential side-effects of the vaccine. Despite of many hesitation, the National Government is continuously working out to get vaccine supplies from other countries. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of different provinces are also taking their own action to get vaccine supplies for their own citizens.
I am one of those who are patiently waiting to get vaccinated and hoping to get the most effective vaccine brand.