According to Senator Bong Go, Duterte’s former aid, Duterte got vaccinated against the virus to encourage the Filipinos to get inoculated.
Duterte’s vaccination was streamed live on Facebook. “I feel good and I have been expecting this shot, vaccination a long time ago,” the President said before he received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
In February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the compassionate use of Sinopharm, a COVID-19 vaccine from China, for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Security Group (PSG) members.
According to, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the compassionate use will cover 10,000 doses.
However, FDA said it could allow the use of Sinopharm vaccines even without EUA if it approved for compassionate use.
Duterte gets first shot of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine
In December 2020, AFP spokesman, Marine Major General Edgard Arevalo admitted that Duterte’s Presidential Security Group (PSG) were the first ones in the military to received COVID-19 vaccines, even if the regulators have not yet approved any vaccine for use in the Philippines at the time.
In January, Duterte no longer plans to be the first one to get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the vaccines arrive in the country.
According to the President, front liners and important workers in the country are still a priority.
“Ang mga frontline na health workers; mauna ang teachers at social workers and other government workers; and three, essential workers outside health, education, social welfare, for example, agriculture, food, tourism and ‘yung may contact talaga sa tao; then the socio-demographic groups at tingnan natin kung sino ang mauna sa kanila. Then there are the overseas Filipino workers; all remaining workers; other remaining workers; then, all remaining citizens,” he said.
The soldiers and police are said to be only in the fifth priority of vaccination and after them, the President is next in line.