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Non-SEA Games athletes set to be vaccinated starting next week

After the SEA Games-bound sportsmen are done with their COVID-19 vaccination, the other national athletes will get their turn starting next week. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—With most of the prospects for the Philippine team to the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi already fully vaccinated, the Philippine Olympic Committee is set to commence with the vaccination of the other national athletes and officials.

POC president Bambol Tolentino said on Friday during the second round of COVID-19 vaccination for the sportsmen that his sports body might begin inoculating the non-SEA Games-bound athletes next week.

"Next week, hopefully pagbigyan tayo ng second batch ng first dose for all athletes under POC, whether you're a regular, recognized, or associate NSA," the Cavite congressman said.

Tolentino added that the next wave of vaccination will likely happen at the Manila Prince Hotel just like the first two vaccination events.

About 570 athletes, officials, and sports beat reporters attended the second round of COVID-19 vaccination at the said hotel, most of whom were there to get their second dose of Sinovac vaccine.

The sportsmen who got vaccinated are part of those being considered for the Philippine team for the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi scheduled from Nov. 21-Dec. 2 barring a possible postponement due to a COVID-19 spike in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Olympic Committee has required all the national Olympic committees in Southeast Asia to have their athletes vaccinated for them to join the SEA Games.

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