Prelate: Arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to ease people’s anxiety

Published February 28, 2021, 10:27 AM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Health Care welcomed Sunday, Feb. 28.  the scheduled arrival of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines in the country, saying this would ease the anxiety of the people.

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“I am happy with this development. At least this can ease our anxiety because we have the vaccines already,” Bishop Oscar Florencio, CBCP-ECHC vice chairman, said in an interview Sunday, February 28.  

Since the first batch of vaccines that is expected to arrive in the country is not enough for everyone, the prelate said, the people need to be patient.

“We have to be patient and continually pray that nothing adverse happen to those who haves been inoculated,” said Florencio.

“We pray too that the next deliveries of vaccines will be speedy because it’s the lives of our people that are at stake here,” he added.

On Thursday, Malacañang said they expect the delivery of the first batch of the Sinovac vaccines on Feb. 28.

The government also announced that the Philippines will receive 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, March 1, as part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility.