Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is prepared to receive a coronavirus vaccine to help boost public trust in the preventive drug.
Andanar, who recently launched an information campaign to explain the government’s vaccination program, said getting vaccinated would demonstrate that he is “walking the talk.”
“Ako willing din ako sumama doon sa una, dahil para naman kada labas natin, nangangampanya tayo para sa bakuna ay mayroon tayong maitatawag na walking the talk, di ba (I am willing to be among the first to be vaccinated because every time we go out and campaign for the vaccines, we can show we’re walking the talk, right),” Andanar said over DZXL Wednesday.
“So, ako no problem kung tayo ay tatanungin ng DOH (Department of Health), no problem (So I have no problem if the DOH will ask us to get vaccinated. No problem),” eh added.
Apart from Andanar, other officials of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) are expected to get vaccinated once the supplies arrive in the country.
“Ganoon din ang ating mga kasamahan sa PCOO, mga Undersecretary, siguro kailangan din nilang magpabakuna kaagad para makita ng ating mga kababayan as communicators na iyong mga nagsasalita, iyong mga ambassador ika nga, iyong mga nagpo-promote ika nga ay sila ay nagbabakuna rin (Our colleagues at the PCOO, the undersecretaries, probably need to get vaccinated immediately to show our people also get vaccinated immediately to show to our people that as communicators, as ambassadors promoting the vaccination have also been inoculated),” he said.
The government recently launched “Explain, Explain, Explain” campaign to inform the public about its vaccine roadmap and dispel false information about the vaccines. The information caravan has so far reached Cebu, Siquijor and Dumaguete.
A Pulse Asia survey recently showed that nearly half of Filipinos are unwilling to be vaccinated due to safety concerns.
With the information drive, Andanar said they hope to convince more people to get inoculated against the coronavirus to help improve public health and hasten economic recovery amid the pandemic.
He assured the nation that the government was not playing favorites with the brand of coronavirus vaccines. He said the government would secure vaccine supplies that are proven safe and effective.
“Malaking challenge iyong baligtarin mo iyong sentiment na 47% plus (It is a big challenge to overturn the sentiment of the 47 percent),” Andanar said.
“Ayon kay Presidente ay kailangan talagang mabakunahan ang ating mga kababayan para tayo ay magkaroon ng isang lipunan na puwede ng ulit mangarap, puwedeng makipag-compete sa ibang ekonomiya at pangatlo, eh para din mare-focus natin iyong ating mga plano (According to the President, we need to vaccinate our people so we can have a nation that dream again, compete with other economies and refocus on our plans),” he said.