The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has vowed to imprison anyone who refused to take the coronavirus vaccine, as the country continues to battle the never-ending pandemic, which has birthed the country over 1.3 million cases and 23,000 deaths.
Philippines has successfully vaccinated at least 2.1 million people, as of June 20, but the government’s goal is to make sure at least 70 million out of 110 million people are vaccinated.
Speaking in an address, “You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed. Don’t get me wrong, there is a crisis in this country, I’m just exasperated by Filipinos not heeding the government.”
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Despite the president’s threats, health officials have continued to state that the coronavirus vaccine voluntary.
Duterte also insisted on his decision not to allow reopening of school, because critics said that he has so far been domineering in dealing with the covid-19 epidemic in his country.