Navotas mayor: Making vaccine brand unknown to recipient may create mistrust | Inquirer News
Close  

Navotas mayor: Making vaccine brand unknown to recipient may create mistrust

/ 05:54 PM May 20, 2021
toby tiangco

Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The new policy of “brand agnosticism” in COVID-19 vaccinations, or making the vaccine brand unknown to the recipient until the moment of vaccination, will “create mistrust” to the public, Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco said on Thursday.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered local governments not to disclose the brand beforehand following the Department of Health’s suggestion.

ADVERTISEMENT

In response, Tiangco pointed out that vaccination should be “purely voluntary” and that every person has “the right to know” which brand of vaccine will be administered to them.

“Vaccination is purely voluntary and cannot be forced upon a person,” Tiangco said in a statement shared to reporters. “It is the right of the person to know what vaccine will be administered to him.”

FEATURED STORIES

“Pushing for ‘brand agnostic’ vaccination will just create mistrust,” he pointed out.

He also said that the brand could not be kept secret: “Vaccines have to be prepared; we cannot ensure that information on this will not get leaked.”

Instead of “brand agnosticism,” Tiangco believes the solution is an effective management of vaccine sites, while also noting that both rollout of AstraZeneca and Pfizer in Navotas had “a high turnout.”

“If vaccine rollout has not been problematic in our city, then there is nothing to solve here,” he said. “Implementing the “brand agnostic” vaccination might just create a bigger problem than the problem we supposedly want to solve,” he said.

JPV

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: brand agnosticism, Mayor Toby Tiangco, Navotas City
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.