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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 28, 2021   •   1189

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 fully vaccinates over 5 million individuals vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has so far fully vaccinated more than 5 million people against COVID-19, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said a total of 5,031,301 individuals, or 7.19 percent of the target vaccination coverage, have completed their doses.

Around 10,585,261 people received their first shot.

In total, the country has administered 15,616,562 vaccine doses since the government launched its vaccination drive against COVID-19 in March.

The Philippine government is looking to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.

Roque once again reminded the public to get vaccinated against the viral disease.

Over 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered; 4.7 million fully vaccinated in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,096,261 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the Philippines since the immunization campaign rolled out in March, government data released on Monday showed.

Vaccine statistics issued by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that as of July 18, 4,708,073 individuals have been fully vaccinated while 10,388,188 have received their first doses.

In a separate briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reported that the number of individuals who completed their doses constitutes 6.73 percent of the country’s target vaccination rate.

The Philippine government is looking to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.

Roque reminded the public to get vaccinated against the viral disease.

“Kailangan natin ng dagdag proteksyon para sa ating sarili, sa ating pamilya, at komunidad. Maging bahagi ng solusyon,” he said during a Palace briefing.

The DOH likewise reminded individuals who belong to the vaccination priority sectors, particularly the senior citizens, to get vaccinated and take their second dose as scheduled.

“Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people,” it added.

Philippines posts highest daily COVID-19 jab rate at 375,059 — NTF

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has administered 375,059 COVID-19 vaccine shots on July 13, the highest daily vaccine rate since the government rolled out the National Vaccine Program in March, the National Task Force against COVID-19 said.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. made the announcement during the arrival of 1 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines on Wednesday, July 14.

He said they are expecting to reach 14 million jabs by Thursday.

The NTF said that as of July 13, a total of 13,817,358 COVID-19 doses have been administered across 4,360 vaccination sites in the country.

Of this figure, 9,932,127 were given as the first dose while 3,885,231 were second doses.

Galvez said the latest bulk of Sinovac vaccines has been allocated as the second dose.

“Nakapagbakuna tayo ng more than 4 million last month ng Sinovac. So ito (today’s shipment) mostly pang-second dose. We will deploy this today. Pwede na po itong iturok right away,” Galvez said.

The vaccine czar added that a major portion of the vaccine supplies that will be arriving in July will be deployed to the provinces, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on equitable vaccine distribution.

“Sa aming computation, the whole deliveries of July, pinag-isahan na namin ‘yan i-compute. Nakikita natin na majority ng ating mga bakuna ngayon, almost 10 million [doses] mapupunta ‘yan sa mga probinsya,” Galvez said.

“Ang mare-retain natin sa NCR plus 8 at sa mga highly urbanized cities, more or less mga 4 to 6 million [doses],” he added.

The NTF said other vaccine supplies scheduled to arrive this week are 250,800 doses of Moderna on July 15 and 1.5 million doses of Sinovac on July 17.

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