Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested vaccinating people who are reluctant to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine even while they are asleep, expressing his willingness to personally lead the initiative.
This came in a televised address delivered by Duterte and broadcast by the government’s BTV channel on Tuesday.
Duterte said that many people still refuse to be vaccinated and this is a problem, adding that government agencies have to look for them and vaccinate them while they are sleeping as that’s the end of the story.
Duterte stressed that if they do not want to be vaccinated, let us go to their homes and vaccinate them there, vowing that he will personally lead the campaign.
The Filipino leader also reminded citizens of the need to wear masks, adhere to the social distance, in addition to vaccination, in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
The Philippines have distributed nearly 50 million doses of various vaccines against corona, as more than 23 million people have completed the immunization process. Authorities aim to vaccinate up to 70 million people by the end of this year.
The president revealed earlier that he was looking for an appropriate law that would allow the jailing of quarantine violators. People participating in public gatherings were also threatened with imprisonment.
The president stated in early June that murder charges could be brought against people who knew they were infected with the Coronavirus, but they violate the rules and transmit the infection to others, which leads to deaths.
He has previously urged citizens who refuse to be vaccinated to stay at home and prevented Filipinos from choosing between different vaccines, stressing that all drugs approved by local authorities are effective.
“Bloomberg”, a US news agency, revealed that the Philippines is the worst country to be in light of the Corona pandemic.
The total number of people infected with the deadly virus in the Philippines since the beginning of the epidemic has exceeded 2.67 million, and 39.6 thousand of them have died.