|Jaja Santiago and Mylene Paat show their vaccinated deltoids after receiving their second COVID-19 vaccines. Ivan Saldajeno|
MANILA--Although not as many as those who came in the first phase, a huge contingent still arrived in bunches during the second round of COVID-19 vaccination put up by the Philippine Olympic Committee on Friday at the Manila Prince Hotel.
As of 4:30 p.m., about 570 people consisting of national athletes, officials, and sports reporters came at the said hotel's function hall to get inoculated, most of whom receiving their second dose of Sinovac vaccines.
Despite the second wave specially catered for those who were to be inoculated again, some sportsmen who were only getting their first dose were accommodated too.
The total count on Friday is less than the estimated 730 people who got their first dose during the first vaccination proceeding on June 28.
Most of those who missed the second round have understandable reasons.
In the case of Gilas Pilipinas, whose players and coaching staff got their first dose last month, the coaches and the players chosen by Head Coach Tab Baldwin have already arrived in Belgrade ahead of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament there.
Five players who were not in the "Final 12", however, still got their second dose, namely Javi Gomez De Liano, Jaydee Tungcab, Tzaddy Rangel, Kenmark Carino, and Dave Ildefonso.
|Jaydee Tungcab and Javi Gomez De Liano, who stayed in the Philippines after missing the Gilas cut for the FIBA OQT, get their second vaccines. Ivan Saldajeno|