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WATCH: ‘Bahala na COVID-19 sa kanila,’ says Roque about vaccine refusers

Pia Ranada
WATCH: ‘Bahala na COVID-19 sa kanila,’ says Roque about vaccine refusers

'BAHALA NA COVID-19.' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque holds a press briefing on August 9, 2021.

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Here's Malacañang's response to a question about dealing with persons who refuse to get vaccinated

Vaccine hesitancy is a real problem plaguing the Philippines’ race to protect its population from COVID-19. But Malacañang, when asked if it had a program to deal with people refusing vaccination, said it would just leave them at the mercy of the virus.

Watch this snippet from Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque’s press briefing on Monday, August 9, echoing similar remarks a few days earlier.

But is vaccine hesitancy really the main driver of the Philippines’ low vaccination rates? It’s the delayed procurement and slow rollout of vaccines, according to an expert. For more about vaccine hesitancy, watch this Rappler explainer. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.