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Healthcare workers in Metro Manila first to receive China’s Sinovac vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker takes blood sample from a passenger at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-thru testing center in Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo

Healthcare workers will be the first to receive the initial batch of 50,000 doses from China’s Sinovac which is expected to arrive in the country by February, government officials said Tuesday.

In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed that medical frontliners based in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, will be inoculated first.

In a separate press briefing, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said healthcare workers are among those who will be prioritized by the free vaccination of the government alongside senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel.

He said healthcare workers will not get to choose their preferred brand since the Sinovac delivery is the only one expected to arrive in the country until June.

“Sa Pebrero hanggang Hunyo, wala po talagang pagpipilian. Kaya nga po kung ayaw niyo ng Sinovac, well, hindi kayo pipilitin,” he said.

According to Roque, Filipinos that are under the list of priority population who do not want to receive vaccination from the government will have to sign a document waiving his/her priority privilege.

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