THERE is no VIP treatment or any form of undue preference given to Chinese nationals in the COVID-19 vaccination program of the Pasay City government.
This was revealed by Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano after some media personalities inquired regarding a social media post about the matter.
The social media post reportedly claimed that a number of Chinese nationals have received their dose of the vaccine in some of the LGU’s vaccination sites despite their being not among the priority groups at the moment for the vaccine.
The mayor said there were some Chinese nationals who were indeed vaccinated, and these were legitimate residents of Pasay and they belonged to either of the priority categories A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (with co-morbidities).
“These individuals, like all the other people who got vaccinated, passed through the normal process, and during their registration, they submitted their Barangay Certificates and Medical Certificates indicating that they were residents of the city and they belonged to either the A2 or A3 groups,” the mayor said.
At the vaccination sites, the documents they submitted were appraised by the vaccination personnel. Also, during the interview, they would not be approved for inoculation if they failed in this interview even if they had complied with the documentary requirements.
Mayor Emi said she would order a probe into the matter.
“I have instructed our City Administrator and the City Health Office to thoroughly look into this matter,” she said.
The mayor further said that the results of the probe would be reported out to the public as soon as it is completed.