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  • Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo were jabbed Monday with their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the actress urging her followers to do the same to protect themselves and their loved ones.
    On Instagram, Santos shared videos of her and Agoncillo individually getting inoculated through a program organized by the Metro Manila Film Festival committee, specifically for the A4 priority group which includes film industry workers.
    “First jab!” Santos wrote in her caption. “Pabakuna na po tayo para sa mga mahal natin sa buhay at para may panlaban tayo sa bawat strain ng COVID.”
    “Nakakatakot ang magakaroon ng COVID. Mas nakakakampante po ng loob ang pagpapabakuna kesa maniwala sa mga naririnig nating sabi-sabi at haka-haka sa paligid natin,” she wrote, referring to misinformation surrounding vaccinations.
    The couple also took part in an awareness campaign, directed by filmmaker Joey Reyes, to urge the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and to verify disinformation.
    Netizens weren’t kidding when they said, “Marian Rivera supremacy.”
    The Kapuso Primetime Queen and her husband, Dingdong Dantes, recently received their first dose of the COVIND-19 vaccine..
    Following the couple’s announcement on social media, it appears that many people who had been reluctant to get inoculated were now convinced to take the shot.
    The actress saw the viral tweet and shared it on her Instagram story, wishing everyone to stay safe.
    Marian and Dingdong revealed that they were scared to get vaccinated in the beginning, but they felt safe after some research.
    Marian said that she doesn’t like needles and injections, but she after she got inoculated she realized it wasn’t as bad as she thought.
    The actress also said that she felt at ease because the doctors were thorough in their explanation.
    “They explained properly what side effects may appear and it was written on the card given to us they are there to answer any question we may have,” she said.
    Marian and Dingdong said that they are scheduled to receive their second dose in July.
    Celebrity couple Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli each received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the actor urging his followers to do the same.
    On his social media channels, Guidicelli shared a photo of him with Gernimo, posing to show their vaccination marks on their shoulder.
    “Sarah and I are done with our 1st dose! Let’s do this not just for ourselves but for our families, friends and kababayans! Get vaccinated!” Guidicelli wrote.
    The actor did not indicate where he and Geronimo got their first jab.
    Screen superstar Anne Curtis is the latest celebrity to lend her voice to calls for Filipinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as she got inoculated this week with her first dose of a vaccine.
    On Facebook on Tuesday, the official page of the government of Makati City shared a video of Curtis urging fellow “Makatizens” to register for a vaccination schedule.
    “I would like to encourage you na magparehistro para magpabakuna. This is for yourself, your family, and for all your loved ones during this time, to make sure that you stay safe and you stay healthy,” she said.
    Maine Mendoza proudly posted on social media a picture of her after getting her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
    On Instagram, Mendoza showed off her vaccinated arm while holding out a sign signifying that she’s finished with her first jab.
    “Got my first dose! Thank you, MandaVax,” she wrote in the caption.
    She also encouraged her friends and followers to do the same. “Do your part and get vaccinated, friends,” she said.
    Aside from Mendoza, other celebrities who also got vaccinated included Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Gerald and Julia, Iya Villania and Drew Arellano, Danica Sotto and Marc Pringis and Maris Racal and rico Blanco.

    In recent weeks, dozens of showbiz workers, including actors and performers, have been vaccinated as part of the recently opened A4 priority category for economic frontliners, or those who are required to work outside of their homes.
    As of Monday, June 21, the Philippines has administered over 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since March, according to the Department of Health.
    Of the number, 6.2 million were given as first doses, while some 2.1 million were second doses. Recipients of the latter are considered fully vaccinated. (Photos : @kuyakim_atienza and@raetristan and abs-cbn)

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