During the weekend, Manila archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula announced that he has finally recovered from COVID-19. The 69-year-old cardinal recovered after almost a month with the novel coronavirus. He previously announced that he tested positive on September 17. According to the statement from the Manila archdiocese last month, the cardinal had a slight fever, was undergoing quarantine, and is being monitored by doctors.
Now, after weeks of getting better, Cardinal Advincula is now negative for COVID-19. “Salamat sa Diyos, sa Mahal na Birheng Maria, at kay San Jose, gumaling ako mula sa karamdamang ito,” he said in a video posted to the Facebook page of the Manila archdiocese. (Read: Cardinal Advincula Tests Positive For COVID-19)
“Kasama ako sa mahigit dalawang milyong Pilipino na nagka-COVID-19. Naranasan ko rin ang takot at hirap ng pagkakasakit,” the cardinal added.
But despite the fear of being sick with the coronavirus, he said that it was comforting to know that he was vaccinated. “Napatunayan ko na malaking bagay ang bakuna upang malabanan ang COVID-19,” he shared. That’s why he encourages everyone to get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine when they get the chance–regardless of brand.
“Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na magpabakuna para sa inyong kaligtasan at para sa kaligtasan ng ibang tao,” Cardinal Advincula said. (Read: At Least 20 Cardinals Have Been Infected With COVID-19)
He also remembered to thank the doctors and healthcare workers who helped him get better, and all frontliners who continuously serve the Filipino people and face the COVID-19 pandemic head on. He added that we should continue to pray for all of them, and those who are currently battling with the disease.
“Patuloy nating ipanalangin ang mga may sakit at mga frontliners. Sundin natin ang mga health protocols. Magpabakuna. Sa awa ng Diyos, malalampasan din natin ang pandemyang ito,” he ended.