- Mark Anthony Fernandez recently got called out after admitting that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 last March 22, 2021 in Parañaque
- COVID-19 vaccinations in the Philippines are supposed to be given to frontliners, elders and people with comorbidities as they are more prone to get infected with the virus and there aren't enough vaccines for every Filipino
- Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivares was asked to explain why the actor was vaccinated ahead of frontliners in his city
- In a text message to ABS-CBN, Mark Anthony explained that he had co-morbidities so it is only right that he received the vaccine
Mark Anthony Fernandez recently revealed that he was vaccinated against COVID-19 in Parañaque as reported by The Philippine Star. This prompted many to question why the actor received the vaccine ahead of others.
COVID-19 vaccination are currently only being given to medical workers, the elderly and people with co-morbidities.
In an article from Rappler, Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III has opined that Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivares should explain why the actor was vaccinated ahead of frontliners. The city mayor responded that they have finished inoculating their medical workers and has proceeded to vaccinate the elderly and people with co-morbidities. Olivares explained that the actor belonged to the latter group and is therefore eligible to get the vaccine as reported by Inquirer.
Mark has finally addressed the issue in a text message he sent to ABS-CBN. According to the actor, he did not violate the law in getting a vaccination as he has hypertension, a condition where an individual's blood pressure is abnormally high. The actor mentioned that his blood pressure is 180/130 which is indicative of hypertension.
The actor also revealed that he is on the substitution list. Mark shared that he is on the second priority list but was vaccinated because some medical workers on the priority list did not arrive for their vaccinations.
Parañaque City Health Officer Dr. Olga Virtucio corroborated the actor's story in their message to ABS-CBN and reiterated that they did not violate any protocol.
Mark Anthony Lacsamana Fernandez is a Filipino actor. He is the son of actor star Rudy Fernandez and actress-politician Alma Moreno. His breakout roles in the movies include Pare Ko, Mangarap Ka and Matimbang Pa sa Dugo which featured him as a lead star. In 1996, he received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for the 3 aforementioned movies he did.
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