Waiting isn’t unique to the Philippines and not all sites have lines, but the country is also dealing with surging cases, vaccination rates that lag behind its neighbors, and limited supply.“We slept on the floor and leaned against the wall for hours. It’s hard but it’s okay as long as we get the vaccine that we deserve,” De Guzman said.Over the course of a long, hot night, people brought chairs, squatted on the street to rest, and dozed for a few hours before the site opened. They brought light meals to get them through the wait, and many were glued to their phones to pass the time.
“We slept on the floor and leaned against the wall for hours. It’s hard but it’s okay as long as we get the vaccine that we deserve.”
Before her shot, De Guzman said that if she wasn’t offered Pfizer when her turn came, she would refuse and go home, despite waiting for hours. “If it’s not Pfizer, why should I get vaccinated?” she said, explaining that she can wait for a few more months when more vaccines are expected to be shipped into the country. “As a citizen, it is my right to choose what is safe for me. After all, I am one of those who would pay for it.”
“If it’s not Pfizer, why should I get vaccinated?”