Jaime and Bea Zobel de Ayala Got the COVID-19 Vaccine. They Didn't Skip the Line
Early this week, photos and videos of Ayala Corporation chairman emeritus and photographer Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his wife Bea receiving the COVID-19 vaccine were passed around like chain mail on various messaging apps.
According to witnesses, the couple got no preferential treatment and waited in line just like any regular Filipino as they got their vaccines in a community center, albeit in the country's most expensive enclave, Forbes Park. Watch the video below.
The photos and videos were soon posted on social media where they went viral. On Facebook, a user named Michael Yu shared the photo saying, "They were offered to go ahead but Don Jaime refused to skip the line saying, 'No, we’re all Filipinos.' They got Sinovac because they know there is no Moderna vaccine arriving anytime soon."
Other users lauded the couple for patiently waiting for their turn. It's the bare minimum really, but with reports of other prominent figures using their wealth and connections to skip lines in order to get the vaccine early, the Zobel de Ayalas are setting a great example.
Forbes reports that Zobel de Ayala is worth $3.6 billion (approximately P174 billion). In the magazine's 2020 list of the Philippines 50 Richest, the businessman ranked at the fifth spot.
In other news, basketball coach L.A. Mumar explained why he hasn't been vaccinated even if his brother is Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto: "My mom didn’t skip the line. Vico didn’t skip the line, why would I?" He added, "Shouldn’t we hold on to our values more, when things are difficult? What will I tell my children? It’s ok to do something illegal because it’s convenient?"