Sinisi ang iNITAG! Roque explains why he refused to take Sinovac vaccine
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he did not get vaccinated with China’s Sinovac vaccine, citing the recommendation of the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) to prioritize health workers in the vaccination program.

Sinisi ang iNITAG! Roque explains why he refused to take Sinovac vaccine

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By Prince Golez

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he did not get vaccinated with China’s Sinovac vaccine, citing the recommendation of the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) to prioritize health workers in the vaccination program.

In his virtual presser on Tuesday, Roque said the iNITAG thumbed down the proposal for 50 government officials and other “influencers” to get vaccinated with CoronaVac, which was used during the start of the government’s mass coronavirus vaccination campaign.

“Gusto ko talaga magpabakuna kaya nga lang po merong tinatawag na iNITAG at tatapatin ko kayo na kami sa IATF ay nag propose na mga 50 na mga bakuna ireserba para sa tinatawag nating influencers para mapaigiting natin ang ating vaccine confidence. hindi nag sumangayon ang iNITAG. Ako’y sumusunod naman,” according to him.

“Kahapon nag mabuting loob ang PGH kung gusto mo bibigay na lang namin sayo at naghanada na po ako, kaya lang news came to me na matindi ang pagtutol ng iNITAG na magpaturok ang hindi frontliners so to avoid controversy hindi na po ako natuloy, at ang totoo naman po naubusan sila kahapon kasi akala nila 60 lang 128 ang nagpabakuna,” he added.

Roque said vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr and deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 Vince Dizon were vaccinated as per the President Rodrigo Duterte’s order.

“Talagang si Presidente ang nagsabi, at least ang dalawang itong kinakainialangan mabakunahan dahil, of course, we need to walk the talk,” he also said.

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