- A health worker in Cotabato City had to climb up a chair to deliver the vaccine to a 6’8” tall teenage boy
- The photo of the health worker atop a chair inoculating the 17-year-old teenager has since gone viral
- Reports reveal that it was the teenager’s first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
- The government has recently gave its go-ahead for the vaccination of the age groups 12 years old to 17 years old
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The photo of a health worker in Cotabato City standing atop a chair while delivering the vaccine to a 6’8” tall teenage boy has gone viral.
According to a report by Panay News, the picture was taken at the Cotabato City Central Pilot School.
The national government has recently given a green light to the vaccination of age groups 12 years old to 17 years old.
This is to provide them with an “extra layer of protection” against the deadly virus.
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Sunstar Cebu reported that it was the teenager’s first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The health worker must have been at a loss on what to do after seeing the tall teenager.
Finding a mono-block chair, the health worker decided to use it as a platform so he could safely and efficiently deliver the vaccine.
A report by Rappler stated that the Department of Health decided to go ahead with the vaccination of minors because vaccine supply has already stabilized.
Vaccination roll-out in the Philippines started about eight months ago and since then, more than 36 million Filipinos have already received their full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, the Department of Health stated that COVID-19 infections in the Philippines have been on a downward trend. At present, there are about 702 infections on the average as compared to more than twenty-three thousand in previous months.
Last January, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte declared that government officials, including him, will be the last priority for the COVID-19 vaccination. He stated that the frontline workers and those from the vulnerable sectors will be prioritized. The president also defended the decision of the government to use Chinese-made vaccines. According to him, these vaccines are as effective as those produced by other companies.
The vaccination drive in the Philippines also had its share of controversies. For instance, there is that video of a woman who is supposed to be getting her vaccination but instead had her arm injected without the vaccine being delivered into her system. The said video, which recorded the events showed a member of the vaccination team plunging the syringe’s needle into the woman’s arm but did not press the plunger of the syringe. As a result, the liquid vaccine remained in the syringe’s barrel, though the patient might not have noticed this if not for the video. Because of this, the DOH announced it has launched an investigation into the matter.