People no longer picky with COVID-19 vaccines – Mayor Olivarez

Parañaque City residents are no longer selective when it comes to the brand of vaccine they are getting against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Wednesday, May 5.

(Edwin Olivarez / MANILA BULLETIN)

Olivarez, in an interview with DZMM, said that people have been seizing the opportunity to get inoculated with whatever vaccine is available -- AstraZeneca, Sinovac, or Sputnik V.

"Doon po sa aking pag-iikot po at pagko-consult sa ating city health officer, sa mga medical officer, hindi na po particular yung mga tao (From what I observed when I went around and in consultation with the city health officers and medical officers, we learned that residents are no longer choosy)," he said.

"They have attained confidence in COVID-19 vaccines but not because of the brands," he added.

Olivarez made the statement after a lot of residents flocked to one of the city's vaccination sites on Tuesday, May 4, to get inoculated with the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V.

He noted the people's positive response to Sputnik V and their willingness to get vaccinated with whatever COVID-19 vaccine brand is available.

Parañaque exceeded its initial target for the pilot vaccination of Sputnik V which was originally 1,500 due to the influx of those who wanted to avail of the third brand to arrive in the country. The city received 3,000 doses together with the cities of Manila, Taguig, Makati, and Muntinlupa. The first batch of Sputnik V vaccines procured by the government from Russia totaling 15,000 doses arrived in the country on May 1.