MVPSF donates 500 Moderna booster shots to Team PH

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THE Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation (MVPSF) has donated 500 booster shots of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for members of the national team who will see action in the Hanoi 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May.

MVPSF president Al Panlilio committed the booster shots on Thursday, Jan. 6, saying it’s part of the foundation’s commitment to the Philippine Olympic Committee where he serves as first vice president.

“It’s absolutely a big help,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, adding that members of the delegation who couldn’t be accommodated by the 500 booster shots will get their third vaccines in Tagaytay City.

“Some of the athletes I think already got their booster shots, so for those who will not make it, we will shoulder it in Tagaytay City,” said Tolentino.

Panlilio is in charge of the POC’s vaccination program.

“This is our early commitment to the POC and the moment all documents have been completed by the delegation members, they’ll immediately get their booster shots,” said Panlilio, also the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and president/chief executive officer of Smart and PLDT.

The POC listed 626 athletes who will compete in 39 of the 40 sports programmed by Vietnam in the May 12 to 23 SEA Games.

The POC headed a vaccination program in coordination with the local government of Manila in May and June last year in anticipation of the Hanoi SEA Games that were earlier scheduled for December 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics last July.

Close to a thousand athletes and coaches and national sports association officials—except those locked down in the provinces—got their two doses of Sinovac vaccines.

The booster shots, Tolentino said, are also intended for the 19th Asian Games China is hosting from Sept. 10 to 25 in Hangzhou.

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