EIGHTEEN days before he turns 70, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella had himself inoculated with CoronaVac, the vaccine made by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, at SM Seaside City Cebu on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Labella was accompanied by his wife Joy, a senior citizen who was also vaccinated.
Vice Mayor Michael Rama, 66, was inoculated at Robinsons Galleria Cebu last April.
Labella said he decided not to receive the vaccine on the same day with Rama, his political ally, saying he wanted other senior citizens to be inoculated ahead of him.
The other reason for the delay in getting himself vaccinated was the issuance of a medical certificate by his doctor stating he was in tip-top shape to receive the vaccine, Labella said.
After getting jabbed, Labella said he felt no adverse effects.
Before Labella and his wife were inoculated, their vitals had been checked, said City Health Department officer-in-charge Dr. Jeffrey Ibones.
The couple’s blood pressure before the vaccination was in the normal range, 120/80. After the inoculation, the Labellas’ blood pressure did not shoot up, Ibones said.
The Labellas stayed for 30 minutes in the vaccination site for post-inoculation monitoring. They later left as they felt fine.