Transparency is key! Toby Tiangco: Manage COVID-19 vaccine rollout instead of keeping brands secret

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Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco is cool to the directive of the national government not to announce the COVID-19 vaccine brand that a person will receive ahead of his or her appointment date.

In a statement, Tiangco said it is a person’s right to know what brand of vaccine will be administered to him or her.

The mayor said it is better to manage the vaccination rollout instead of proposing a “brand agnostic” strategy, which he said will just create distrust.

“Moreover, there is no such thing as ‘secret.’ Vaccines have to be prepared; we cannot ensure that information on this will not get leaked. Once people learn of the brand, they will just throng to the vaccination site. This will most likely result to chaos and expose the vaccinees to the virus,” he said.

Tiangco said that in Navotas, the local government is doing simultaneous inoculation using Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. Those scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine but do not show up will forfeit their chance to get it, though they can still avail themselves of other brands.