It’s mission accomplished for the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) after more than 500 athletes and coaches bound for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi received their second dose of the Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine on Friday.
âLet’s move on to the second batch,â said POC president, POC representative Abraham âBambolâ Tolentino, who oversaw inoculation at the Manila Prince hotel along San Marcelino Street. Athletes and coaches received their first dose at the same location on May 28th.
âMaybe the second batch will get their vaccines next week, and those who missed today’s inoculation will finish their doses with the second batch,â Tolentino added.
Tolentino thanked the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for prioritizing athletes and coaches to the SEA Games and the Tokyo Olympics.
Cris Nievarez, bound for Tokyo, received his second dose with athletes and coaches in track and field, canoeing, badminton, shooting, golf, sepaktakraw, triathlon, swimming with fins, skateboarding, handball, tennis, judo, volleyball, archery, rowing, pencak silat, muay, cycling, bodybuilding, wrestling, esports, fencing, chess, billiards, kickboxing, jiujitsu, table tennis, wushu, bowling, dance, gymnastics, karate, kurash, basketball and vovinam.
Staff from the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Sports for the Differently Aled have also been vaccinated.
“It is a great feeling that I am fully vaccinated now, it gives me comfort to work and train,” said Nievarez. âI would like to thank the POC, its president Bambol Tolentino, the PSC and the MVP Sports Foundation for helping us. “
Volleyball stars Abby MaraÃ±o, Jaja Santiago, Eya Laure, Mylene Paat, Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas also received their second fix.