Ilocos Norte guv, mayors get vaccinated vs. COVID-19

LAOAG CITY, Apr. 10 (PIA) – Local chief executives (LCEs) in Ilocos Norte are now vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, along with some municipal and city mayors, received their first dose of CoronaVac vaccine manufactured by Sinovac Biotech on Friday, April 9 at the Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital.

Based on the Advisory No. 26 of the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) approved by the National IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, some LCEs are included in the list whose jurisdiction were listed as among the critical or high-risk areas for COVID-19.

The officials underwent same procedure in their vaccination by going through screening, counseling, and post-vaccine monitoring.


V SIGN. Batac City Mayor Albert Chua poses the V-sign indicating he's vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Gov. Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital in Laoag City. (MJTAB)


Manotoc said he did not feel any adverse effects upon receiving his first shot.

“Wala namang epekto. I feel as good as I did before the vaccine. Looking forward to my second dose in two weeks,” Gov. Manotoc said during an interview after his vaccination.

It can be recalled that the young governor pledged to get inoculated to boost vaccine confidence of the Ilokanos.

Meanwhile, the 72-year-old mayor of Solsona, Mayor Joseph De Lara was vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine following the approval of Food and Drug Administration to use the said brand to senior citizens.

Mayor de Lara reiterated the importance of being vaccinated.

“Vaccine rollout is a complement to the well-established minimum public health standard and the vaccine, stand alone, is not a gurantee for one’s safety,” he said.

Aside from Governor Marcos Manotoc and Mayor De Lara, 14 other LCEs were vaccinated today.

They are the mayors of Sarrat,  Pinili, Marcos, Nueva Era, Banna, Paoay, Currimao, Adams, Pagudpud, Bacarra, Piddig, Carasi, Laoag City and Batac City. 

The LCEs of Dingras and Badoc got their first dose of vaccine two days ago while San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr., who was also a medical practitioner, was vaccinated last March. 

In Ilocos Norte, more than 3,000 healthcare workers and medical frontliners are done with their first dose of vaccine and some are now up to receive their second shot to ensure immunity against the viral disease. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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