101-year-old grandma from Palo, Leyte fully inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine

TACLOBAN CITY – A 101-year-old grandmother from Palo, Leyte may be the oldest person in Eastern Visayas to have been fully inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

After two weeks of delay due to colds, Luz Montejo Sevilla from Palo, Leyte finally had her second jab of Aztrazeneca vaccine Thursday, July 29.

"Her colds were on and off probably because of allergy since her house is near the market and she likes staying beside the window to watch," her granddaughter, Patylin Sevilla-Belocura, who accompanied her grandma for her vaccination, said.

She said her grandmother has not experienced any adverse side effects from the vaccine. "She even gave a thumbs up after the injection," Belocura shared.

Sevilla, who was born on Jan. 8, 1920, is said to be the oldest living person in Palo, according to her granddaughter.

A war veteran, Sevilla was an usherette of Gen. Douglas MacArthur when he landed in Palo in 1944.

Sevilla is a COVID-19 survivor. She has been admitted to the hospital for almost two months in January despite being asymptomatic.

Despite her old age, she chose to be vaccinated to inspire and encourage other people, especially senior citizens who are afraid to get inoculated.

She said that based on experience, contracting COVID-19 is not easy, especially if you suffer from severe symptoms, which she luckily survived.

Seven of their family members have been infected. Unfortunately, her son, former Palo Mayor Teodoro, died of COVID-19 due to complications.