Dengvaxia ‘publicity’ ni PAO chief Acosta nakadagdag sa COVID vax hesitancy — Drilon

Dengvaxia ‘publicity’ ni PAO chief Acosta nakadagdag sa COVID vax hesitancy — Drilon

January 20, 2022 @ 12:43 PM 7 months ago

Manila, Philippines – Pinuna ni Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon ang Dengvaxia “publicity” na pinangunahan ni Public Attorneys Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta na nakadagdag sa ‘hesitancy’ sa pagpapaturok ng COVID-19 shots.

Sa panayam ng ANC interview, iginiit ni Drilon na mayroon lamang ang Pilipinas na 54% vaccination rate at pinakamababa pa kumpara sa ibang bansa.

“Remember, we are just coming out of that Dengvaxia fiasco where vaccination was raised as an issue on the loss of lives [and] that is pending before the courts… but certainly that contributed to vaccine hesitancy and who led that campaign? Ms. Acosta,” ani Drilon.

 “I can probably support her if she asserts that ‘I was doing my job.’ Fine. But the way it was conducted, the publicity that it generated, it cannot be denied as having contributed to the vaccine hesitancy which up to now we noted that the vaccine hesitancy is a major factor in our very low vaccination rate if we have enough supplies as the government claims,” dagdag pa nito.

Sinang-ayunan niya rin na ang pagiging vocal ni Acosta sa non-vaccination ay nakadaragdag ng pangamba sa COVID-19 shots.

“Because she’s a government official. If she cannot defend the policies of this administration, she should leave her post.”

“I am not even asking for that, I am just saying protect your fellow workers in the PAO, do not physically report for work. If you don’t want to be vaccinated, then as a practice in some jurisdictions, have, at your own expense, daily test before you come in so that you are negative so you can protect your fellow workers,” punto pa ni Drilon. RNT/FGDC