DOH announces Filipinos can now be vaccinated anywhere in PH

    MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos can now be inoculated anywhere in the Philippines as the Department of Health (DOH) implements a “no wrong door policy” in its COVID-19 vaccination program.

    During an online press conference on Monday, June 21, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Filipinos can get vaccinated anywhere in the Philippines.

    DOH announces Filipinos can now be vaccinated anywhere

    "Ibig sabihin, kung ikaw ay nagpunta sa Davao at ikaw ay puwede nang bakunahan, puwede ka bakunahan doon kahit hindi ka taga-Davao," Vergeire explained.

    "Hindi po natin sinasara ang ating mga pinto sa mga bakunahan dahil hindi ka taga doon na lugar,” she added.

    Despite the “no wrong door policy”, the DOH strongly discourages coming to vaccination sites without appointments. According to Vergeire, walk-in vaccinations usually result to overcrowding, which may result in higher probability of virus transmission.

    Previously, the health department allowed local government units (LGU) to open separate walk-in lanes in COVID-19 inoculation centers as walk-ins may be used as replacement for individuals who are scheduled for vaccination but do not show up for their appointment. However, the DOH emphasized that the number of walk-ins that would be entertained per day should be limited.

    The agency’s decision to implement a “no wrong door policy” came after former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro got inoculated against COVID-19 at Davao City after meeting up with Mayor Sara Duterte.

    Teodoro, who ran for president in 2010 but lost to former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, is a resident of Tarlac. He received his first dose of Sinovac’s COVID-19 jab in Davao City after Duterte offered it to him.

    Former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, who accompanied him during his visit to Davao City, said Duterte asked Teodoro to be the “poster boy” for vaccination in her hometown.

    “Sabi ni Mayor Sara (Mayor Sara said), the way I understood it, ‘Would you like to be the poster boy of vaccination dito sa Davao? Mayroong slot, there are a lot of slots today that did not appear. If you are qualified for it, would you like to be the poster boy?’” Andaya said.

    — Mini, The Summit Express

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