The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has vowed to inform more than 4.3 million household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of President Duterte’s directive to distribute the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to the indigent communities.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said the Chief Executive’s directive will be cascaded to the 4Ps recipients, who belong to the A5 priority sector in the country’s inoculation program.
“This information will be shared to all 4Ps beneficiaries as part of our effort to continuously provide all necessary and relevant information regarding the vaccination program of the national government,” she told the Manila Bulletin in a Viber message, referring to the announcement made by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque that Duterte ordered that American-made jabs should be distributed to indigent population.
“Through this effort, the 4Ps beneficiaries will be empowered to arrive at an informed judgement or an educated choice for them and their families,” Dumalo said.
Roque said during a televised press briefing that the Chief Executive also ordered that “the Pfizer vaccines should be given at vaccination sites of barangays where there is a low take-up of vaccines instead of malls.”
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. has been tasked to carry out the President’s latest directive.
The Philippines received more than 190,000 Pfizer vaccines under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility in May.