'Let's Enter Their Houses': Duterte Suggests Inoculating Vaccine-Hesitant People in Their Sleep
13:41 GMT 12.10.2021 (Updated: 13:44 GMT 12.10.2021)
© AP Photo / Karl Norman AlonzoIn this April 16, 2020, photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the nation about the government's efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease during a televised address from Malacanang palace in Manila, Philippines
© AP Photo / Karl Norman Alonzo
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested that people reluctant to receive a COVID-19 shot should be inoculated while asleep.
"I know many people are still hesitant. That's the problem, those people who do not want to get vaccinated ... Let's enter their houses and vaccinate them while asleep. End of story", Duterte said, as quoted by the newspaper the Inquirer.
The president also urged the population to comply with restrictions, including social distancing and a requirement to wear masks.
To date, the country has logged nearly 2.7 million cumulative COVID-19 cases and 39,660 deaths, with 8,292 infections recorded over the past day.
Nearly 27 million people in the Philippines have received at least the first shot, and more than 23.3 million are fully vaccinated.