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This is what the Parañaque mayor said about Mark Anthony Fernandez and his COVID-19 vaccination.

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ – Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez defended actor Mark Anthony Fernandez for having the COVID-19 jab.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III slammed actor Mark Anthony Fernandez for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination early. He also expressed that he does not believe he is qualified as a substitute in terms of the vaccination priority list. With the issues that arise following this, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez explained the reason behind this.

Mark Anthony Fernandez Vaccination

Accordingly, he is qualified because of his “co-morbidities” and another reason that made him eligible is their city has accordingly already finished vaccinating all of its healthcare staff. The co-morbidities of Fernandez, as per Olivarez are hypertension and depression. Based on the priority list of the government, after the healthcare workers, next in line would be the senior citizens and people with co-morbidities.

(See: COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List Released, 24.6M People To Receive Vaccine)

He said, based on PEP’s report, “Kinausap ko po yung ating City Health Office, ang ating City Health Officer Dra. Olga Virtusio regarding the issue of Mark Fernandez. According to her, yun pong tumingin sa kanyang doktor, si Mark Fernandez pala, e, merong comorbidities. May comorbid siya at alam naman po nating nagkaroon po ng depression si Mark. So, ibig sabihin niyan, he’s qualified for the next priority after the frontliners.”

He stressed that they did not violate any rules or regulations because the actor is suffering from two medical conditions which made him fall under the category of people with co-morbidities. However, in a report from Inquirer, the DILG Usec lambasted this because the possible substitutions that they could have considered are the drivers, people working in the market, and other essential workers. As per Densing, actors “na walang sakit sa katawan” must not be prioritized.

The 42-year-old actor received a COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. There is also an ongoing inoculation of vaccines for the senior citizens of their city.

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