LOOK: President Marcos, son Sandro get booster shots vs COVID-19

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Posted at Aug 17 2022 12:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2022 07:59 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE/CORRECTED) - President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. received Wednesday his second booster shot against COVID-19. 

During his speech at the "PinasLakas" vaccination campaign in Manila, Marcos reiterated the importance of getting COVID-19 boosters amid the presence of emerging variants and to revive the pandemic-battered economy. 

The 64-year-old president, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past, said he hopes his 2nd booster jab would "trigger a reaction from our people" and lead to more people getting vaccinated against the respiratory disease.

Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire administered Marcos' 4th dose. 

"Para maging fully immunized ulit, kailangan magkaroon ng booster shot. Ito ngayon ang kinakampanya namin na sana, lalong-lalo na dahan-dahan magbukas ang ekonomiya. Ayaw namin mag-lockdown. Gusto namin mawala ang mask protocol," said Marcos.

"Lahat 'yan, hindi natin maabot 'yan kung hindi tayo magpa-booster shot," he added.

His son, Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Sandro Marcos, also received his first booster, according to the DOH. It was administered by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna.

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Marcos caught the novel coronavirus for the second time in July and experienced mild symptoms, including fever. He first tested positive for the disease in March 2020.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Sandro Marcos received his second booster shot against COVID-19 during the event, an information provided by a Malacanang staff. But the Department of Health said in its official statement to the public about the same event that it was Rep. Marcos' first booster shot.

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