A video showing a Makati health worker allegedly breaching protocols in vaccination by injecting a needle into the arm of a recipient without pushing the plunger, made rounds on social media Sunday night (June 27).
The video, which showed the nurse leaving the vaccine in the syringe and in effect failing to inoculate the recipient, was widely shared on social media groups and on messaging apps like Viber, with the caption: "Look, the staff of my neighbor got vaccinated but the video showed the nurse didn’t push the vaccine in. They showed the nurse [footage] but she said she can’t remember. They reported to the people in charge and confirmed she didn’t get vaccinated, so they vaccinated her again. This is in Makati."
While the source of the video was unclear, this still raised the question of whether recipients were actually being cheated of the vaccines. However, officials were quick to dismiss the speculations.
Since the video went viral, Sec. Vince Dizon, the testing czar, has clarified that the incident is an isolated case. He noted that the next day, the recipient was properly inoculated.
The Department of Health (DOH), for its part, said that it is already investigating the alleged protocol breach.
“Sinisigurado po namin na ating iimbestigahan ang pangyayaring ito upang mapabuti ang ating national vaccination program,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
(Translation: We will make sure that this incident will be investigated to improve our national vaccination program.)
The DOH added that “immediate improvements in the protocol shall be made to ensure we limit the chances of this from happening again.”
Makati Mayor Abby Binay has asked the public for understanding and to restrain themselves from criticizing the volunteer nurse seen in the video.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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