ABS-CBN journalist Zhander Cayabyab wants to make this clear — the first COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines happened a long time ago.
“Gusto ko lang po i-reiterate na ‘yung mga nabakunahan ngayong araw ay HINDI SILA ang ‘unang nabakunahan’ sa Pilipinas,” tweeted Cayabyab.
Gusto ko lang po i-reiterate na 'yung mga nabakunahan ngayong araw ay HINDI SILA ang "unang nabakunahan" sa Pilipinas. 😅😅😅
— Zhander Cayabyab (@zhandercayabyab) March 1, 2021
Several media outfits are describing the vaccination this Monday, March 1, as the first inoculation of ‘legal’ doses in the Philippines.
Philippine General Hospital (PGH) director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi first received CoronaVac vaccine of Sinovac, followed by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Eric Domingo, vaccine vzar, Carlito Galvez Jr and testing czar Vince Dizon.
It is known, however, that members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were the first Filipinos to be vaccinated by the doses of Sinopharm, as confirmed by Special Envoy for Public Diplomacy to China, Mon Tulfo.
On his Manila Times column, the oldest of the Tulfo siblings revealed that some members of PSG and government officials were vaccinated last year.