Tacloban Mayor ready to face consequences following his anti-COVID jab

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 25 (PIA) -- Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez is ready to face the consequences following his decision to get vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine ahead of the schedule for local government executives. 

In a press conference held Tuesday, the mayor said he decided to be inoculated with Sinovac vaccine in order to convince the city health workers who were at first hesitant to be vaccinated and to ease the people's doubts on the efficacy of the Chinese vaccine. 

"I'm willing to face the consequences but I’m very happy that at least 99 percent of our people – the frontliners – are now availing of that vaccine, "the mayor said.   

"I made it public so people will be convinced to avail. Marami ang natatakot. Ayoko sabihin niyan  pero totoo yan," he added.  

He also dispels allegations that he just wanted to save his own life.  Mayor Romualdez was not in favor of the idea to return the excess vaccines to the National Capital Region. 

The mayor was criticized for getting the vaccine allocated for health workers.  

City Administrator, Lawyer Aldrin Quebec, said the vaccine administered to the mayor was already an "excess" as there are health workers who did not avail of the vaccine. 

Atty. Quebec said Mayor Romualdez vaccination is justified citing Resolution No. 4 series of 2021 of the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 which states that any excess vaccine donation of Sinovac for priority Group A-1 shall be provided to priority group A-4 which includes the local government executives who are considered as frontliners or essential workers.  

Mayor Romualdez has been swabbed for a number of times after he became a close contact and had been tested positive for COVID 19 in the past but has already recovered. (ldl/cba/PIA-8)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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