There are a lot of differing opinions surrounding the use of the Coronavac vaccine from Sinovac. For sure, Sinovac/China made no friends in scientific circles worldwide by flouting regular scientific procedure and publication (they still haven't published their phase 3 trial results, even though those trials (in Brazil and Turkey) have long been finished). Despite this, WHO approved the vaccine for emergency use, possibly/probably because such approval will help the Covax initiative to provide covid vaccines for poorer countries. Moreover, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started a "rolling review" for CoronaVac on May 4 this year. Of course, it's everybody's individual choice to shun any or all vaccines (although the president apparently intends to take away that choice). However, on the face of it it would seem that the argument against Sinovac from a practical standpoint doesn't hold much water. The overall efficacy (in preventing infection) may be lower for CoronaVac than for Western alternatives, but the efficiency in keeping a patient out of hospital and cemetary appears at least similar to the likes of Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca/J&J-Janssen. To me personally that means that since there's no alternatives currently available in Dumaguete the choice to get CoronaVac (Sinovac) is an easy one. Three considerations: a. no worse side effects than other vaccines, b. even with the somewhat compromised efficacy it still offers reasonable protection against getting infected/ill and excellent protection against getting seriously ill / dying; c. as Toto mentioned earlier, if at a later stage there will be a "better" vaccine available, nothing will prevent me from getting a booster shot then. Accordingly I got my first dose of CoronaVac/Sinovac the other day. Does that mean I have no reservations at all? No of course not. The emergence of new virus strains that possibly evade/escape the vaccin induced immunity is still a risk, and the more people in a country choose not to get vaccinated, the bigger the risk of such new variants popping up. Similarly, it still seems a fallacy to think the entire planet will be offered a vaccine any time soon (that might still take 2 to 3 years, assuming we don't get thrown back to square one in the meantime by a serious new variant that escapes all immunity).