FOLLOWING the start of the inoculation of persons with comorbidities in Metro Manila, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion 3rd performed his duty and was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine at Pasig City on April 13.
A staunch advocate and believer that vaccines are the ultimate solution to the pandemic, Concepcion received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the same brand that the private sector and local government units (LGUs) had procured through “A Dose of Hope.” To date, the Go-led initiative has secured over 17 million doses of AstraZeneca for the private sector and LGUs across the country. The vaccines were purchased at its base cost of USD$5 per dose under the nonprofit program of AstraZeneca. The first batch of 2.6 million doses is due to arrive by the first week of June while the balance of 14.4 million doses for donor companies and other LGUs will arrive in July.
Concepcion hopes that the FDA will revert its recent ruling on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines and allow the greater majority of “economic frontliners” whom need the most protection to take the vaccines. Most countries have not put an age restriction on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines. PA Concepcion underlines the need and urgency to have as many people inoculated — not only for their own protection, but for the greater, overall health of our country.