Since April 2021, the local government units in the Philippines have started offering COVID-19 vaccines to the residents. At first, only two brands, Sinovac and AstraZeneca were available. Then, the Philippines on May 10, 2021, received the first 193,050 doses of donated Pfizer vaccines from the WHO-led COVAX facility.

Photo above: vaccination center at Bonifacio High Street

One of our family member has comorbidity, so he was eligible to get a vaccine. However, since he was planning to go to Europe, which at that moment, only recognizes certain brands of vaccines, he decided to look for brands that are already approved by WHO.

Photo above: vehicular entrance of the Lakeshore COVID-19 Vaccination Center

Photo above: residents with prior appointment were to check in at the waiting area first.

Photo above: Parking area outside Lakeshore COVID-19 vaccination center

He went to check out the vaccination center at Lakeshore in mid May, as they were said to have Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. But apparently, that batch was quite small, and within a few days they were all gone.

Some people said they got vaccinated from the SM Aura vaccination center. But the only vaccine available as of early June, is Sinovac, which despite recently having been approved by the World Health Organization, is not yet approved in Europe or Canada, our travel destinations. 

Even though recently the government announced that vaccine priority group A4 is now eligible for vaccination, there does not seem to have ample supply for everyone. So our wait for vaccine continues.  We heard that at the end of June, millions of vaccine will arrive. Let's see.


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