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PRESS RELEASE
March 1, 2021
PR-21-03-020
 

MMDA Chairman Gets Sinovac Jab; Urges Public to Get Vaccinate

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos is among the first to get inoculated as the government rolls out its vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) today.

Abalos was vaccinated with Coronavac from China-based drug maker Sinovac Biotech at the Philippine General Hospital along with PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. and other medical frontliners.

The Chairman said that he volunteered to get vaccinated to ease the public’s anxiety over the COVID vaccines. He also said that the death of his mother last month inspired him to get inoculated.

He also pointed out the Sinovac’s methodology and efficacy rate as the main reasons why he volunteered to get the jab.

Last year, Abalos tested positive for COVID-19 after his parents contracted the disease.

“The Sinovac is an inactivated virus vaccine which is the similar technology used in polio, measles, and rubella vaccines. Its estimated efficacy rate of 92% among healthy individuals in Turkey is also very high.”

For him, the rollout of the vaccine makes the entire country “upbeat,” as it get its hopes up to end the pandemic.

Abalos also urged the public to get vaccinated whatever their choices among the vaccines will be, underscoring the significance of achieving herd immunity.

“Don’t let yourself remain unvaccinated. The more individuals who will be inoculated, the earlier our fight against this disease will end.”

The MMDA has yet to roll out its vaccination program awaiting AstraZeneca vaccines it procured for its 8,000 personnel last year.

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