Manila, Philippines – (UPDATE) Athletes, coaches and other members of the Philippine delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in Japan and the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam will be vaccinated on Friday at the Manila Prince Hotel.
The President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, confirmed the development at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum on Tuesday.
Inoculation will begin at 9 a.m.
“Good news is expected for vaccination day on Friday. Exclusive for Olympic delegates and delegates related to the SEA Games,” he said.
“Maghapon po ‘yan, and gaganapin po at Manila Prince Hotel in Biyernes po. So kasama po lahat, coaches, athletes, officials,” he added.
It comes after Vietnam announced a “no vaccine, no participation” policy for the 31st SEA Games which will take place in Hanoi from November 21 to December 2.
The POC is currently working in coordination with the various national sports associations to establish a list of athletes and coaches who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Of course, bound for the Olympics, kaunti lang naman po ‘yun. All bound for Vietnam, maybe less than a thousand. Definitely, sasabak tayo sa Vietnam because of this vaccination policy,” Tolentino said. .
Among the Olympic athletes, only weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and boxer Eumir Marcial have already been vaccinated. Nine Filipino athletes qualified for the Tokyo Games: Diaz; boxers Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam; pole vaulter EJ Obiena; gymnast Carlos Yulo; rower Cris Nievarez; and taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa.
Meanwhile, the POC said in March that 626 athletes will represent the Philippines at the SEA Games in Hanoi later this year.
Para-athletes will also be included in the vaccination program.
The CEP did not identify the brand of vaccine that will be given to the Philippine delegation.
“Natin Kasabihan (is) the best vaccine is the vaccine available,” Tolentino said. “(So) whatever the brand, kunin na natin.”
The POC will coordinate with NSAs on when athletes and coaches can receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Definitely,” pag nagbigay ng first dose, second dose is guaranteed. Whether it is what brand it is, meron lang yun weeks, days, kung ilan. Definitely kasunod “yun,” Tolentino guaranteed.
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