Pres. Duterte orders  Pfizer vaccines for  indigent population

Photo from Malacanang Press briefing held May 20

QUEZON CITY, May 21 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered that indigent population be prioritized for Pfizer vaccines.

In a virtual press briefing held May 20, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr. said the President specifically ordered to give the Pfizer vaccines to the poor or the indigent population citing that it is part of the policy agreed with the COVAX facility.

Roque said the President instructed as well  to distribute the Pfizer vaccines not in shopping malls but instead in Barangay vaccination sites with low vaccine take-up. This instruction is part of the initial directive of the President that all Filipinos will be vaccinated for free and no one will be left behind.

According to Sec. Roque, the President designated vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. to ensure the strict enforcement of this order.

Meanwhile, Roque also reported that additional 2.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccines is expected to arrive this month of May.

The Philippines on May 10, received the first 193,050 doses of donated Pfizer vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) led COVAX facility. (JLB/PIA-IDPD)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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