We welcome the news that President Rodrigo Duterte has favorably acted upon Filipino seafarers' request to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the brands of their choice. He made it clear that giving seafarers this option does not violate the equal protection clause of the Philippine Constitution because the nature of their work demands it.

The government plans to attain herd immunity by the end of the year by vaccinating 58 million Filipinos.

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