Makati mayor on viral video of incorrect vaccination: ‘It was human error’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 28, 2021   •   1399

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday confirmed that the viral video showing a nurse who was not able to properly administer a COVID-19 vaccine dose was taken at a vaccination site in the city.

She said the incident occurred on June 25 but was immediately corrected.

“We acknowledge the video. It was human error on the part of the volunteer nurse. Volunteer po siya na nurse. It was immediately corrected,” Binay said during the Palace briefing.

Binay said the woman was able to receive a vaccine dose on June 26 after she reported the incident to the city government.

The viral video showed a health worker injecting a needle into the arm of a vaccine recipient without pushing the plunger.

Binay asked for the public’s understanding as she empathized with the strenuous labor being faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic.

“Maawa naman po kayo sa nurse na nagkusang loob na nag-volunteer ng kaniyang oras para lang po magsilbi sa ating kababayan. Tao lang po ang ating frontliners, napapagod, nagkakamali,” she said.

“Pero mahalaga po na itinama namin agad ang pagkakamaling ito at humihingi po siya at kami ng patawad at nagbibigay din po kami ng assurance na hindi na po ito mangyayaring muli,” she added.

The mayor also appealed to some people to stop criticizing the nurse and the city government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ang nakakalungkot din po dito ay siymepre mag-e-eleksyon na po next year at ang iba pong nagkakalat ng video ay tuwang-tuwa sa nangyari at ginagamit po itong paraan para po siraan ako at para siraan ang vaccination program ng Makati,” she said.

“Pero hindi ho nila nakikta na ang vaccination rollout ng Pilipinas po ang maapektuhan kung sisisraan po naitn ang kredibiliada ng vaccination po natin,” she added.

The Department of Health earlier said it was probing the incident, which it described as “a clear breach of vaccination protocol.”

The agency also assured it has taking measures to improve the vaccination protocol. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

PH gov’t eyes complete COVID-19 vaccination of tourism workers this year

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is looking to complete the vaccination against COVID-19 of more than 5 million tourism workers in the country by the end of the year, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Cabinet Secretaries and task force officials set this target during the ceremonial vaccination for tourism industry workers in Cebu last Friday.

“When the pandemic struck, the nation’s tourism sector took a major hit. We believe that in order for the industry to get back on its feet and safely open our economy, we need to vaccinate as many members of our workforce as possible,” he said.

Galvez has approved an allocation of 20,000 doses per week for tourism workers.

Weekly allocations will cover employees in hotels and resorts, as well as in restaurants, airports, tourist destinations, and other tourism-related establishments across the country.

Galvez said the government is planning to boost the vaccination program for tourism workers in regions and provinces, especially in Cebu province where about 50% of tourism workers have already been vaccinated.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, said the agency aims to fully vaccinate 99% of its tourism workers in Cebu before the holiday season.

She added that the NTF has committed to allocate a specific volume of vaccine doses for tourism workers that will come from the supplies to be shipped to local government units nationwide.

Bakunang binili ng private sector, hindi maaaring gamitin sa mga bata – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Department of Health (DOH) sa mga pribadong kumpanya na hindi pa maaaring gamitin sa mga bata ang mga binili nilang COVID-19 vaccines.

 Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, saklaw ng tripartite agreement ang pagsunod ng mga pribadong kumpanya sa kasunduan hinggil sa pagbabakuna sa mga kabilang sa priority sectors.

Sa ilalim ng vaccination program ng pamahalaan, tanging healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with co-morbidities, essential workers at indigents pa lamang ang maaaring turukan ng COVID-19 vaccines.

“They all went through this tripartite agreement with the national government at isa po doon sa mga kondisyon doon sa tripartite agreement na iyon, iyon pong mga nagpo-procure sa private should abide and should align with the national government guidelines,” ano Vergeire.

“Sa ngayon wala pa po tayong rekomendasyon ng pag-uumpisa ng pagbabakunsa mga kabataan,” dagdag pa niya.

Maging ang Pfizer at Moderna COVID-19 vaccines na binili ng mga pribadong kumpanya ay hindi pa maaaring ibigay sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 hangga’t wala pang pahintulot mula sa pamahalaan.

COVID-19 vaccination bago ang pilot run ng in-person classes, hindi pa mauumpisahan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa magagawa sa ngayon ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata laban sa sakit na COVID-19, ayon sa Malakanyang.

Ginawa ng palasyo ang pahayag kasunod ng panukala ng ilang eksperto na mabakunahan muna kontra COVID-19 ang mga estudyante bago ang pilot run ng limited face-to-face classes.

“Hindi pa po natin mababakunahan ang mga kabataan kasi ‘di pa po tayo nagsisimula. Ito naman po ay limited naman po na pilot involving only 100 public schools, tsaka 20 private schools at sa mga lugar na mababa naman po talaga ang kaso, sa mga MGCQ areas,” ani Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Sa panayam sa UNTV Get It Straight with Daniel Razon nitong Biyernes, sinabi ni Dr. Rontgene Solante na dapat mabakunahan muna ang mga estudyante na magiging kabahagi sa dry run ng face-to-face classes dahil sa nagpapatuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19.

Si Solante ay isang infectious disease expert at miyembro ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology.

“Mas maganda pa rin na mayroong bakuna ang bata at the same time, maganda rin ang environment in terms of the risk of transmission, doble ang magiging proteksyon niyan at less ang epekto ng transmission sa mga bata na they can also develop severe infection if they have comorbidities,” ani Solante.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng Department of Education na gagawin lamang ang limited in-person learning sa mga lugar na mababa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Pili lang din ang mga paaralang maaaring lumahok sa programa at kailangang pasado ang mga pasilidad nito para sa kaligtasan ng mga bata at gurong kasama sa pilot run.

Kailangan ding may consent ng mga magulang ang paglahok ng kanilang mga anak sa dry run ng physical classes.

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Roque na wala pang desisyon si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa panukala ng National Task Force against COVID-10 na umpisahan sa kalagitnaan ng Oktubre ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Aniya, kailangan pang talakayin ang nasabing panukala sa mga pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force.

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