Coach Emerson Obiena said they might defer plans of having his son, Olympic-bound pole vaulter EJ Obiena, inoculated with anti-COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the Tokyo Games.
“Sa ngayon, di pa sila makapag-confirm kung makakapagpa-vaccine or hindi. Pinag-aaralan pa nila kung meron pang time, kung pwede pang maisingit kasi yung training program nila, naka-place na,” Emerson said in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Online Forum.
Emerson added they have consulted with some athletes who had their vaccines and noted that some experienced side effects that affected their training.
“Yung iba, may mga reactions sa vaccine na umabot sa 10 days yung hindi magandang pakiramdam ng atleta. Malaking bagay kasi yung 10 days na yun sa preparation ng Olympics lalo na’t papalit na,” Emerson said.
“Kung hindi man maisingit yung vaccination, dadagdagan na lang po yung ingat para yung preparation, hindi rin maapektuhan. Then after ng Olympics, saka na lang po siguro pag-usapan kung kailan magpa-vaccine.”
Emerson added it was a shared sentiment from EJ and his camp in Italy, which also includes training partner, reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz of Brazil.
At the moment, most national athletes have already gotten their first dose of vaccine late last month. The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said Olympic-bound athletes training abroad will get their shots in their host countries.
So far, only Eumir Marcial has completed his vaccine in the United States.
Vaccines are not a requirement to participate in the Games according to the International Olympic Committee.