DOH chief to receive AstraZeneca jab

Published March 5, 2021, 4:56 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who earlier refused to get vaccinated with China’s COVID-19 Sinovac vaccine, said Friday that he will receive the vaccines developed by the British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Duque said this a day after 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country from the COVAX Facility.

In a press conference during the COVID-19 vaccination rollout at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, Duque emphasized the importance of COVID-19 vaccine to get protected from the infection as a frontline health worker himself who faces and administers the vaccine to patients and who inspects the hospitals and the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in the country.

Duque did not discuss when and where he plans to receive the vaccine.

The 64-year-old Health Secretary said the AstraZeneca vaccines can be administered to patients, aged 60-years-old and above.

Last Sunday, the country received 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinovac of China.