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Duterte now says he will be last to get vaccinated


President Rodrigo Duterte said frontliners and vulnerable sectors will get the first shot of the vaccine when they reach the country, and that he will be among the last.

"Priority is uniformed personnel,  mga sundalo natin, kasama sa priority, mauna talaga yung pobre, yung wala talaga. Kung milyon 'yan (vaccine), magsabay-sabay na kayo, huli na kami. Kung may maiwan para sa amin kay (Senator) Bong (Go), kay (Secretary Delfin) Lorenzana, kung may maiwan eh di para sa atin, unahin natin sila," he said in his weekly televised Cabinet briefing Wednesday.

In August last year, Duterte said he was willing to get inoculated in public and volunteered to get the first shot.

“Ako pagdating ng bakuna in public, para walang satsat diyan, in public magpa-injection ako. Ako ‘yung maunang ma-eksperimentuhan. Okay para sa akin,” the President had said in a televised address on August 10, a day before Russia gave regulatory approval to its vaccine candidate Sputnik V.

Duterte said that aside from the health workers, among the priority sectors for vaccination are the teachers, social workers and other government workers, including those  involved in agricultire, food and tourism.

"It's an obligation imposed upon us governments to take care of your citizens. . . .Kung maaari lang, i-vaccinate mo 'yung 100 million plus Filipinos," he said.

"Kung merong mga tao na ayaw, eh di ams mabuti, mauna na na 'yung gusto and we can tone down the orders kung sobra-sobra," he added.

Duterte said there will be no discrimination in the administering of the vaccines, stressing anew that the vulnerable should get them first. —LDF, GMA News

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