The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), with the support of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), concluded the first batch of vaccinations for athletes, officials, and members of the delegation bound for Tokyo on Friday, May 28, 2021, at the Manila Prince Hotel.
620 athletes and personnel received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine with the vaccinations lasting from 9 A.M. all the way to 5 P.M. The POC maintained proper social distancing in the event with vaccinations being held by batches so as to follow proper safety procedures.
POC President Bambol Tolentino said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) online forum on May 25 that the event will indeed push through as part of the journey to Tokyo 2020.
“We all know the prioritization of vaccination for the Philippine delegates for the Southeast Asian Games and Tokyo Olympics has been approved. (That’s why) The vaccination day on Friday has also been permitted,” said Tolentino.
Only athletes, coaches, and officials within the vicinity of Manila were vaccinated on Friday, the most notable of whom were the Gilas basketball team and rower Cris Nievarez who is one of the nine Olympians who will carry the Philippine flag in Tokyo.
POC President Tolentino was at the venue from 8 AM to its conclusion and some time in the day Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, BCDA president Vince Dizon, and Congressman Allan Peter Cayetano also arrived to show support for the POC initiative as well as to our Filipino athletes.
Athletes outside of Metro Manila will be scheduled for the next vaccinations.