PFIZER JABS. A Bureau of Customs official inspects boxes of government-procured Pfizer vaccine doses transported by cargo plane Air Hongkong at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Thursday night (Oct. 7, 2021). A total of 797,940 doses arrived at NAIA while the rest of the total 1,003,860 doses were shipped to Cebu and Davao. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – The country's vaccination program must be kept off-limits from politicking, especially when the campaign period begins for the May 2022 elections.

National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Friday political color has nothing to do with the distribution of vaccines.

"I enjoin all the governors and the mayors to unite. Huwag muna silang magkaroon ng tinatawag (Get rid of) political inclination and do not use this vaccination as a political weapon," Galvez said in an interview during the arrival of 2,793,240 doses of Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Parañaque City.

Galvez said expanding unity and cooperation among local government units (LGUs) will further expedite the country's vaccination program.

"They have to work as one and to vaccinate as one," he said.

With more vaccines coming in, Galvez encouraged LGUs to capacitate their towns and cities and actively promote the vaccination program against Covid-19.

He likewise assured equal distribution nationwide.

"Para mawala na ‘yung tinatawag natin na political color, equitable na ang distribution natin hanggang municipality levels (To get rid of political color, we will have an equitable distribution of vaccine even at the municipality levels)," Galvez said.

The Philippines has so far received a total of 84,212,309 doses, to date. (PNA)