The Internet Is Up In Arms About Isabelle Daza Sporting a 'Vaccinated by Pfizer' Cap
Isabelle Daza is being called out by the internet 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 Hong Kong, residents are permitted to choose their own vaccines.
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.
Despite these intentions, users have panned the hats as "tone-deaf" and "tacky," noting that Isabelle's post might cause Filipinos to become picky with vaccine brands. We've reached out to Isabella Daza for comment.
Unlike Hong Kong, LGU vaccination centers in the Philippines do not permit constituents to choose their preferred vaccine brand. Users 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."
Commenters called on Isabelle to instead use her platform to encourage people to simply get vaccinated, no matter the brand.
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.
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.