Those who will get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will still be informed what brand will be inoculated to them before they sign the vaccination consent form, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday, May 21.
Guevarra said the policy was adopted during the meeting held last Thursday, May 20, by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
“While President Duterte has given a directive not to publicly announce what particular vaccine will be made available in a particular site, everyone will be properly informed at the site of the actual vaccine to be administered before he/she is made to sign the corresponding consent form,” he said.
“The person concerned will not be compelled to take the jab if upon medical advice he/she believes that another vaccine is more suitable to his/her condition,” he explained.
But he said those who will decline to get vaccinated will have “to line up anew and take his/her chance again at some later time.”
Guevarra said the President’s decision to no longer announce publicly what vaccine brands will be available at a vaccination site “was prompted by the long queues in vaccination sites where a certain vaccine brand was made available, and less ostensible demand for other equally efficacious vaccines.”
“The DOH (Department of Health) has repeatedly stated that all available vaccines are efficacious and that it is significantly better to get vaccinated than to wait and remain unprotected,” he stressed.