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Robredo gets first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday got her first dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, two months after the government launched its Covid-19 immunization drive.

Robredo said she had received the jab in Quezon City, along with 17 other staff members of the Office of the Vice President.

She said all of them belong to the A3 vaccine priority group who are persons with comorbidities.

“Done with my first dose of the vaccine. Now being monitored,” said Robredo, who earlier said she has hypertension.

The vice president encouraged the public to take Covid-19 vaccines.

“Magbakuna na din kayo para protektado kayo at ang lahat ng nakakasalamuha niyo. Tingnan niyo yung group pic namin. Maraming takot sa umpisa pero may konting yabang na nung nagpakuha ng litrato,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Two weeks ago, President Rodrigo Duterte received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, which was developed by China’s state-owned firm Sinopharm.
The President later apologized to the public for taking the jab which has yet to receive an emergency use authorization from local regulators.
So far, vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac, Gamaleya, Johnson & Johnson, and Bharat Biotech have been approved for emergency use in the Philippines.
Over 2.28 million Filipinos received their first doses of vaccines as of May 16. Of these, 719,602 Filipinos were fully vaccinated or got their two doses.

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