Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said he is now ready and willing to be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac after it received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, Feb. 22.
Domagoso said this in a meeting with the Manila City Council at the city hall on Monday.
He also encouraged residents to get vaccinated with whichever brand of FDA-certified COVID-19 vaccine arrives the earliest.
“While it is true na sa Maynila, puwede kang choosy, puwede kang makapumili… kung ako ang tatanungin ninyo, ako po ay magpapabakuna kahit 50 percent ‘yan (that you can be choosy in Manila, if you will ask me, I will get vaccinated even if the vaccine is only at 50-percent efficacy),” he said in a speech during the city’s regular flag-raising ceremony on Monday.
“Ako mismo, kahit ano ‘yan, basta itinala, itinakda, sinertipikahan ng ahensya ng gobyerno, ng Food and Drug Administration under Executive Order 121 na sila’y magkaroon ng EUA or Emergency Use Authorization ay ‘yun po ay aking gagamitin (I, myself, whatever that is, as long as it is certified by a government agency, by the FDA under EO 121 that it should secure an EUA, then I will use it). And I hope you do the same, not only for your own sake, but also for your family, for everyone,” he added.
On January 29, Domagoso said he became open to getting vaccinated with CoronaVac, Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, after he saw reports of Indonesian President Joko Widodo publicly receiving a vaccine dose.
Numerous Filipinos and lawmakers questioned the administration’s apparent preference for the Sinovac vaccine despite it reportedly having a lower efficacy rate and being more expensive compared to other COVID-19 vaccines.
Malacañang has since denied these claims, saying that they got the vaccines for a much cheaper price and that Filipinos should not be “choosy” with COVID-19 vaccine brands.