The Philippines is among the nations that got hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are available vaccines in the Philippines and in other countries, they are in limited supply.
Amid uncertain times, there are some lucky ones, including Pinoy celebrities, who were able to get inoculated against the deadly COVID-19.
These are five of the known Pinoy celebrities who were lucky enough to get vaccinated this early
Talent manager and comedian Ogie Diaz shared his opinion about the vaccine and the hilarious side effect he felt afterwards after getting inoculated with CoronaVac.
“Nakapag-first dose na ako ng bakuna. Balik ko after 28 days. Sabi nila, kung ano ang available, yun ang i-grab, kaya hindi na ako choosy,” Ogie said.
The talent manager was also notified about the side effects, such as dizziness, headache, and stomachache.
Regine Velasquez, naging usap-usapan dahil sa matalinghaga niyang post sa Twitter: “Bakit parang pinabayaan…”
He then shared the conversation he had with the nurse as to what he felt. “Sabi ng nurse, ‘Kumusta po ang pakiramdam nyo, sir?’ sabi ko, ba’t po gano’n? sagot ng nurse ‘ay, baket po?’ sinabi ko sa kanya ba’t tinigasan ako?”
Following the advisory of the IATF about the need for local chief executives of high-risk municipalities and cities to get vaccinated, Mayor Isko Moreno received his initial dose of CoronaVac on April 4.
Alice Dixson, the actress who became famous for her “I can feel it!” soap commercial and for portraying the role of Dyesebel in the movie of the same title, shared with her followers on social media that she already received her first dose abroad.
The actress indicated she wanted to receive the second dose in the Philippines.
Mark Anthony Fernandez
Controversial actor Mark Anthony Fernandez got embroiled in more controversies when he received his first dose through the local government of Parañaque, besting all other persons in the list of those eligible for vaccination.
The Parañaque Health Office justified their actions by saying that the actor’s name is included in the list of persons with comorbidities.
Former Pinay actress Giselle “G” Tongi, who is now based in the United States, shared on Instagram that she has received her second shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on March 12 in Encino, California.
“Exactly a year today that the World Health Organization announced we are in a pandemic Got my Pfizer shot and the process took literally 17 minutes ( 15 of which were waiting after the shot). Please get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” the actress said, adding the hashtag #covidvacccine to her post.
Michele Madrigal, also a former Pinay actress who rose to fame after becoming finalist of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest, shared on social media that she also received her first shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine along with her husband, Troy Woolfolk.
The couple now lives in Austin, Texas.
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In response to the ongoing pandemic in the country, the Philippine Government through the Department of Health, launched the COVID-19 vaccination program. The project is an ongoing immunization campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) to Pfizer–BioNTech, Oxford–AstraZeneca, Sinovac and, Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines. There are eight other vaccines on order for the program, at varying stages of development.
In January of this year, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte declared that government officials, including him, will be the last priority for the COVID-19 vaccination. He stated that the frontline workers and those from the vulnerable sectors will be prioritized. The president also defended the decision of the government to use Chinese-made vaccines. According to him, these vaccines are as effective as those produced by other companies.
About two weeks ago, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the investigation on reports of an actor jumping the priority list and getting vaccinated. The President did not mention any names but said it happened in Parañaque and that the said actor is the child of another actor. Duterte said that while the matter is trivial in ordinary times, vaccine donations come with conditions that calls for the prioritization of health workers. Recently, Mark Anthony Fernandez announced that he got inoculated with a COVID vaccine in Parañaque.
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