A Partial List of the Vaccinated

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I wrote this in June 2021, at a time when the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in my hometown of Iloilo City was still awfully sluggish, the city dependent on the national government’s limited supply. Desperate to be immunized as soon as possible, people resorted to all sorts of measures to secure that elusive ticket, allowing power and privilege to become the name of the game. This piece, then, is both an act of commemoration for the year-anda-half that has passed—one that began with the city being hailed as a bastion of resilience and self-sufficiency—and an effort to historicize my pandemic experience from a place I will always call home.