Today I joined the thousands of QCitizens who are now vaccinated against COVID-19.

Although I am part of the A1 category, I decided to wait until most of those in the identified priority groups had been vaccinated. Also, after just recovering from COVID-19 last month, I did not see the need for me to be vaccinated immediately.

Like many other QCitizens, I booked my vaccination appointment through our EZConsult website, so I could observe the process for myself and make suggestions as to how this can be improved.

When I booked, EZConsult only had available slots at the vaccination site in Ateneo, and this is where I received my first dose of Sinovac at 1 pm this afternoon – the 322,056th dose administered in the city.

Dahil dalawang beses kong naranasang magka-COVID-19, batid ko ang kahalagahan ng bakuna upang maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng malalang sakit na dulot ng virus.

I hope that by having been vaccinated, I could encourage more QCitizens to get inoculated too against COVID-19.

While it is our right to refuse a particular brand of vaccine, health experts are one in saying that the best vaccine is the one readily available, the one that is in your arm. Herd immunity cannot be achieved, if we all wait for a preferred vaccine brand based on a notion that it is of a higher quality or more prestigious. All the vaccines approved by the FDA are equally safe and effective.

Maraming salamat sa lahat ng nakikilahok sa #QCProtekTODO Vaccination Program ng Lungsod at laban natin sa COVID-19. Higit din ang aking pagpapasalamat sa ating mga health care workers at volunteers na walang sawang nagbibigay ng kanilang kalinga at serbisyo upang tuluyan natin mawakasan ang pandemya na ito.

Sama-sama tayong maging #QCProtekTODO sa bakunang sigurado.