Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte recently released a statement to share that she received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, Belmonte received her first dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
Belmonte said in her statement posted on Quezon City Government Facebook page that she secured a slot through their “EZConsult” website to evaluate the city’s registration process.
According to her, she received her first dose of Sinovac at 1:00 pm Monday afternoon — the “322,056th dose administered in the city” — at the vaccination site in Ateneo.
Belmonte, who was previously infected with COVID-19 twice, encouraged residents in the locality to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
She also said that the best vaccine was the brand “readily available” for citizens, adding that COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration were equally safe and effective.
“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,” Belmonte said.