Pasay City used the pun “Vacc to the Future” in reference to the popular movie series “Back to the Future” in its posters and tarpaulins to encourage its residents to receive COVID-19 jabs.
Since last March, some online personalities were proposing slogans for local government units across the country to use for their own vaccination and information campaigns.
One of them was Thysz Estrada, a creative director, who started rating some slogans in Metro Manila in a Twitter thread. “So it’s the battle of bakuna puns in LGU vaccination programs,” he wrote.
So it's the battle of bakuna puns in LGU vaccination programs
— Panlasang Pinay (@thysz) March 2, 2021
A photo of Pasay City’s banner was later posted on Twitter and Reddit where users stated that the LGU had won the battle for its creativity.
“Uwian na,” the Reddit user said.
“Winner of best name for a vaccination center (Philippines),” the Twitter user said.
Others joined in and made other suggestions.
“So pag second dose na yung ituturok….’VACC TO VACC,’” one user said.
“If anyone wants to put up another vaccination center, hear me out…. Antibody (Vaccstreet’s Vacc),” another wrote.
Some users on Reddit, however, were more critical and addressed woes in the city’s cash assistance program.
“Ayuda? Where we’re going we don’t need ayuda,” one user said.
In Pasay City’s vaccination tracker on April 13, 17,094 of its residents have already been inoculated.
It also encouraged its constituents who qualify in the priority list to register in its online form.
“17,094 na Pasayeños na ang nabakunahan ng COVID-19 vaccine sa ilalim ng Pasay City’s ‘Vacc To The Future: COVID-19 Vaccination Program.’ Para sa registration, makipag-ugnayan lamang sa inyong barangay o mag pre-register online sa: https://bit.ly/PasayVaccToTheFuture,” the post read.
Similar to the rest of the cities in the capital region, Pasay City kicked off its vaccination program last March 2. Around 100 medical professionals lined up to receive the first doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac.
Some Filipinos had been encouraging others who qualify in the priority list to register with their respective LGUs to help curb the continuous surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Vaccine hesitation remains high in the Philippines despite the worsening health crisis. A recent Pulse Asia survey in late March showed that only 16% of respondents are willing to have COVID-19 jabs and the majority of 61% declined.