Manila City Vice Mayor Maria Shielah Honey Lacuna-Pangan and other city government health officials received on Tuesday, March 2, their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso led the ceremonial vaccination of medical frontliners at Sta. Ana Hospital.

According to Domagoso, he would wait for a proper clearance for him to get vaccinated as policy stated that medical frontliners are the priority for the COVID-19 vaccines.

“Gustong-gusto ko ma magpabakuna ng Sinovac. Pitong beses na akong na-expose sa COVID-19 positive. Salamat sa Diyos, pitong beses na rin akong nag-negative,” Domagoso said.

“Araw-araw akong nasa risk tulad ng ibang mga mayor. Pero patuloy pa rin tayong susunod sa national policy na unahin ang mga medical frontliner. I will wait for my turn,” he added.

About 3,000 COVID-19 vials good for 1,500 individuals were turned over to Sta. Ana Hospital.

The said hospital targets to vaccinate 200 medical frontliners on its first day.

Joining Vice Mayor Lacuna-Pangan who got vaccinated were Acting City Health Officer Arnold “Poks” Pangan, Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dra. Grace Padilla, Sta. Ana’s Manila Infectious Disease Control Center Head Dra. Nerissa Sescon, Ospital ng Sampaloc Director Dra. Aileen Lacsamana, and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center Director Karl Laqui.

Vice Mayor Lacuna-Pangan then encouraged the public to get vaccinated in other to protect themselves from the virus.

“Honestly, hindi ko alam na natapos na pala yung pagbabakuna sa akin kaya hinihikayat ko po ang lahat na proteksyunan niyo po ang sarili niyo,” Lacuna-Pangan said.

“Magpabakuna po kayo habang andidito po at may pagkakataon, lalong lalo na po ang ating medical frontliners,” she added.