MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will open the COVID-19 vaccination to the general population in October after it was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“Inaprubahan na po ni Presidente ang pagbabakuna sa general population simula po ng buwan ng Oktubre,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing.

(The President has approved vaccinating the general population starting October.)

The government has so far only prioritized the COVID-19 vaccination of health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, economic fronliners and indigent citizens.

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