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Philippine's President Threatens To Jail Anyone Who Refuses To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

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Philippine's President Threatens To Jail Anyone Who Refuses To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

The Filipino President isn't taking any chances with the coronavirus pandemic and has given citizens a pretty decent incentive to get the vaccine.

While many countries or states have offered things like free gym membership, college or beer, Rodrigo Duterte is giving people freedom.

The leader has threatened to send people to jail if they refuse the jab.

Mr Duterte issued the threat earlier this week to drive up vaccination numbers even though there's no legislation to support it.

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"Don't get me wrong. There is a crisis being faced in this country. There is a national emergency. If you don't want to get vaccinated, I'll have you arrested and I'll inject the vaccine in your butt," Mr Duterte said.

"If you will not agree to be vaccinated, leave the Philippines. Go to India if you want or somewhere, to America."

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Credit: PA

He has ordered village leaders to make a list of all the people who consciously object to the jab and hand it over to authorities.

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The vaccine rollout has been delayed in the Philippines and jabs didn't really roll out until March.

However, according to the ABC, many citizens are waiting around for more choice as the country has secured 26 million doses of China's Sinovac, 20 million doses from Moderna, 17 million from AstraZeneca, and 10 million of Russia's Sputnik.

Mr Duterte has criticised western countries for hoarding other vaccines like Pfizer.

While the president's threat of jail time for people who refuse the vaccine seems ominous, the country's Justice Secretary, Menardo Guevarra, said it probably wouldn't happen.

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"I believe that the President merely used strong words to drive home the need for us to get vaccinated and reach herd immunity as soon as possible," Mr Guevarra said.

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Credit: PA

Mr Duterte's comments came as he appeared angry that citizens weren't racing to get the jab. He expressed being 'exasperated by Filipinos not heeding the government'.

It's unsurprising he'd make a comment like that considering he threatened to shoot anyone who was breaking lockdown restrictions last year.

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As people were coming to grips with the pandemic, the president said he would rain bullets from the sky if people went ahead with a planned protest against the restrictions.

"My orders to the police and military, if there is trouble and there's an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead.

"Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you."

The Philippines has fully vaccinated 2.1 million people out the country's 101 million. Authorities are aiming to get 70 million people immunised by the end of the year.

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Topics: News, Covid-19

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