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Isko: Kung anong bakuna unang dumating, tanggapin natin

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno tells reporters that he will take whatever vaccine arrives in the city first. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

“KUNG ano unang dumating, tanggapin na natin.”

Thus said Mayor Isko Moreno to Manilans, as he ensured that the vaccine he will get will be the same one that will be given to those interested in availing of the free mass inoculation to be implemented by the city government.

Moreno said he is not particular with the brand or country of origin, for so long as the vaccine is duly accredited by national health authorities and experts as safe and efficient.

“Kung darating sa isang araw at magiging available, para sa kaligtasan ng taumbayan at para mabawasan ko pangamba mo, hati tayo sa pangamba. Magpapaturok ako bago ko iturok sa ‘yo para pagbula ng bibig ko, bubula din ang bibig mo,” Moreno jested, as he addressed a query from the media if he would get the vaccine as soon as they arrive.

The mayor called on Manilans and the public to continue believing in the system, saying that while there may be shortcomings at times, there is a need to continue believing the system will work.

Moreno said we should trust our specialists, doctors and scientists who guarantee that a certain product is safe, “kesa naman araw-araw ay one hundred percent kang exposed… ang kagandahan ng bakuna, di ito katiyakan pero karagdagang proteksyon para di ka mapunta sa severe.”

On the issue of Sinovac reportedly not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for health frontliners that deal directly with patients, Moreno said such vaccines can still be availed of by those who deal with non-COVID related people.

“We will respect if a health frontliner will refuse, as a matter of policy. We will offer it then to the general public, like the drivers, vendors and the like. Pangulo mismo ang nagsabi, nagkakaroon na tayo ng problema sa ekonomiya so we must balance buhay at kabuhayan,” Moreno said.

The mayor said that the most effective way to rev up the economy is to give the transacting public peace of mind and boost consumer confidence that those providing them services, such as drivers, workers in plants, stores, restaurants and the like, have been vaccinated.

“Mas mabisa pag panatag ang kaisipan na bakunado at protektado ang isang nagta-trabaho para mas efficient sa field of undertaking. Sa kabilang banda, ang consumer babalik kasi bakunado ang nagse-serve,” he added.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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