Sotto gets vaccinated vs. COVID-19

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday, May 22, received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Sotto disclosed that he has been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the ongoing inoculations of the Upper Chamber's employees.

Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III (center) gets his first dose of Sinovac's vaccine on Saturday, May 22, 2021. He is accompanied by his wife, Helen Gamboa-Sotto (left), who is also vaccinated on the same day. (Photo courtesy of Senate President Sotto)

"After A1, A2 and A3 Senate employees, finally had mine although I’m A2. I took what was available upon arrival. Had Sinovac!" he said in a Viber message.

In the photos he shared to media, the 72-year-old senator was seen accompanied by his wife, actress Helen Gamboa-Sotto.

Helen was also vaccinated on the same day, Sotto said.

During their plenary session last Tuesday, May 18, the Senate chief said 73 percent of the chamber's employees have already been inoculated against the novel coronavirus.

Senators supposedly agreed that they be placed last in the vaccination line, with medical frontliners (A1), senior citizens (A2), and persons with comorbidities (A3) as their priorities.

Aside from Sotto, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who is 75 years old, also got his first dose of coronavirus vaccine in San Juan City last April 10.

The minority leader took the vaccine from AstraZeneca.

The Department of Health said that doses of Sinovac's vaccine are taken 28 days apart, while AstraZeneca's vaccine may be taken four to 12 weeks apart.