PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) confirmed on Friday.
In an interview with state media PTV, PSG chief Jesus Durante said Duterte received his second dose two weeks after his first coronavirus shot.
“14 days after that (vaccination) activity, nagkaroon po siya ng second dose,” Durante said. “Si Pangulo po ay vaccinated na po siya at napakahalaga nito.”
Duterte got inoculated on May 3 with the vaccine developed by China-state owned Sinopharm — a brand Malacañang previously said the President preferred.
The World Health Organization recommends an interval of three to four weeks between the first and second doses for this particular vaccine.
Duterte was earlier criticized for taking Sinopharm’s vaccine, which at that time, was not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA only cleared Sinopharm for emergency use in the country on June 7.