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Pres. Duterte Speaks on COVID-19 Vaccination in Mindanao

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that some Muslims in Mindanao refuse to get vaccinated against the COVID-19.

The Philippine government is boosting the vaccination efforts to give the COVID-19 pandemic a more intensified fight amid the recent surge in the cases and the threat of the Omicron variant. The said mutated version of the virus is currently the predominant variant in the country. It also caused a spike in the cases in several other nations.

To fight the spread of COVID-19, the Philippines is in the pursuit to achieve population protection against the virus through vaccination. The national government previously held two (2) mass vaccinations that inoculated over 10 million people.

Several brands of the COVID-19 vaccines including Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, Astra Zeneca, Sputnik V, Janssen, and Sputnik Lite have arrived in the Philippines. Aside from the initial shots, the authorities have also given the go signal for the booster shots.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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However, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that there are still Muslims in Mindanao who refuse to get vaccinated against the COVID-19. He cited the inclusion of some Tausugs in those who allegedly don’t want to be jabbed.

According to the report, Pres. Duterte raised the possibility that their refusal to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 is because of their beliefs in their religion or in their culture. Meanwhile, according to the Chief Executive, he has talked to the governor of Sulu and asked him to convince the Tausugs to be jabbed against the virus. He stressed that although not all, there are reports that some of the Tausugs are not anymore rejecting the vaccination.

There are still some people who are hesitant to get vaccinated against the COVID-19. Currently, there is a “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy implemented in the National Capital Region (NCR) amid the new surge of the COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

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