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Isabelle Daza Draws Flak for Wearing a “Vaccinated by Pfizer” Cap

Netizens are urging her to be more responsible with her platform amid complex discussions on COVID-19 vaccines.
Isabelle Daza Draws Flak for Wearing a “Vaccinated by Pfizer” Cap
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Netizens are urging her to be more responsible with her platform amid complex discussions on COVID-19 vaccines.

Isabelle Daza is being called out by netizens for her now-deleted Instagram post, in which she donned a cap that read "Vaccinated by Pfizer." Both she and her husband Adrien Semblat posed for a selfie wearing the caps, which were created by Solo Club, a community-building app. The couple received the American-made vaccine in Hong Kong, where they are currently based. 

It is worth noting that in HK, residents are permitted to choose their own vaccines

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The hats, which cost $49.99 each, were rolled out by the club to raise funds to combat the devastating COVID-19 situation in India. Two slogans are currently available: "Vaccinated by Pfizer," and "Vaccinated by Moderna." Solo Club described them as "a hat to declare your freedom," hoping to spur awareness around vaccination. 

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Despite these intentions, netizens have panned the hats as "tone-deaf" and "tacky," noting that Isabelle's post might cause Filipinos to become picky with vaccine brands. Unlike Hong Kong, LGU vaccination centers in the Philippines do not permit constituents to choose their preferred vaccine brand. Netizens have called Isabelle's post "elitist" and "privileged," since Filipinos still comprise the majority of her follower base.

In contrast, others on Twitter remarked that the hats, while "annoying," are "harmless." 

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Commenters called on Isabelle to instead use her platform to encourage people to simply get vaccinated, no matter the brand. 

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PHOTO BY Isabelle Daza Comment Section on Instagram

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There is currently a bias toward the Pfizer vaccine, as it allegedly has a higher efficacy rate than Sinovac. The first batch only arrived in the Philippines on May 10, 2021, and, in mid-May, it was announced that the Philippines would become "brand agnostic," and would not disclose which vaccine constituents would be receiving, making it particularly difficult for the brand-conscious to secure their desired shot. 

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Preview has reached out to Isabelle Daza for comment. This is a developing story. 

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