Archbishop Jose Lazo of Jaro in the province of Iloilo has been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine.
The archdiocese announced that the prelate got the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, March 15.
“This is one means of preparing himself for the successive pastoral activities the he will be undertaking in the Archdiocese of Jaro,” read the announcement.
In January, Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic bishops’ conference, said Church leaders are willing to get vaccinated in public to help build people’s confidence.
“The point is because our people understandably have this fear of the vaccine, so if our being vaccinated is a big help, then why not,” said Archbishop Valles.
The government said it is targeting to inoculate up to 70 million individuals against the coronavirus disease within the year.