Vice President Leni Robredo is “more than ready” to take a COVID-19 shot in public to encourage Filipinos to be inoculated, her spokesperson said Wednesday.
Spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said this in response to Sen. Bong Go’s challenge to Robredo to have herself immunized against COVID-19 to boost public confidence in vaccines.
“As early as the first week of December, VP Leni Robredo already declared her willingness to receive the vaccine in public to encourage all Filipinos to get vaccinated,” he said.
In this regard, Gutierrez cited Robredo’s two concerns which the government should prioritize on its national vaccination program.
First is to ensure that available vaccines for Filipinos are “safe, effective, and affordable” while the other is securing many would get vaccinated.
“She is more than ready to do her part in attaining these goals,” Gutierrez said.
The Vice President had earlier said Filipinos seeing Duterte getting vaccinated would allay public fears, thus, boosting the government’s immunization campaign.
Duterte, however, now wants a private vaccination even if last year, he announced he would get publicly injected with a COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.