The Philippines has received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac on Sunday, February 28, 2021, and today (Monday), March 1, 2021, the government’s vaccination program in the country has officially begun.
Six (6) hospitals in Metro Manila, including the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), are among the first hospitals in the Philippines to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac and the first person in the country to have officially received the vaccine was no other than the director of the PGH himself, Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi.
The Presidential Communications of the Government of the Philippines, through a Facebook post, also called the PGH Director the “first Filipino doctor” to have received the Sinovac vaccine in the Philippines.
According to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), a newswire service of the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), other PGH frontliners and some of the country’s officials availed of the initial shots of the Sinovac vaccine. Among the officials who got vaccinated was Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director, Dr. Eric Domingo, and Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Benhur Abalos.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. and Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, on the other hand, were said to have also registered for the vaccines as well. The PNA stated that they “decided to give way to PGH staff.”
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