In the service of the Filipino: the role of Catholic higher education institutions in promoting COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines.J Public Health (Oxf). 2021 Jun 07; 43(2):e377-e378.JP
There has been a stigma and hesitancy regarding COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines. Many Filipinos are still hesitant to be vaccinated. This paper highlights the role of the Catholic Church as a powerful institution which can influence the people not only in spiritual aspect but also in promoting public health by motivating locals to get vaccinated. This task can be specifically done through the efforts of Catholic Higher Education Institutions (HEI) that place prominence and priority on social work and mission.