Nalzaro: Most Covid-19 deaths were unvaccinated

Our health officials claim that most of those who died from Covid-19 were unvaccinated. Okay. But did they bother to check why those who died never got the jab? Were they hesitant to accept the vaccine? Were they anti-vaccine or they did not have the time to get the vaccine? According to the latest survey, vaccine hesitancy has been declining. Meaning, many people now want to be vaccinated especially that the government is somehow exerting pressure on the public to get the vaccine. This is evidenced by the people who go to the various vaccination sites.

However, there are various reasons why some people failed to get the vaccine. 1) People who possess incorrect knowledge that distorts their perceived risk of vaccination and weaken their trust in vaccination. 2) People who don’t care about vaccination. 3) People who weigh potential pros and cons of vaccination and may not get the vaccine when information is contradictory. 4) People who lack the willpower to get vaccinated or face the inconvenience of cost and travel.

That is why I keep urging those in charge in the vaccination not to refuse walk-ins because those people spent their time, money and effort to get the vaccine only to be disappointed because they were denied. Those were already “captured clientele.” But before we urge people to get the vaccine, the government should see to it that there is enough supply. If we will be “flooded” with supplies, there will be no more reason why people would refuse to get inoculated, and that’s the time we can achieve herd immunity.

Experts say Covid-19 vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes Covid-19. They also prevent you from getting seriously ill if you get the virus. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you from being infected.

Unvaccinated people are likely to die of Covid-19 because they are more vulnerable to infection and severe disease.

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Here’s a heartwarming story shared by Dr. Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, about her unvaccinated Covid patients. She shared on social media that all but one of her Covid-19 patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patients, she said, just needed a little oxygen and are expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.

She said: “I am admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious Covid-19 infections. One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I am very sorry, but it’s too late.” She added that “when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.”

In the United States, Covid is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, according to the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Alabama, state officials report 94 percent of Covid hospital patients and 96 percent of Alabamians who have died of Covid since April were not fully vaccinated. Now, you see the difference between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. So, magpabakuna gyud ta kay daghan tag benipisyo nga makuha kay sa wala pa magpabakuna.

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Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), denied blaming Cebu for the spread of the Delta variant in Mindanao because of lax border control. In a post on social media, Salvana said: “I am not blaming Cebu. I think we should all help each other during this pandemic.”

He added: “I have no interest in pointing fingers. The reason we brought up border control was to protect people and slow down the entry of the Delta variant into the country. We still need to keep doing that because there are more variants out there, and Delta is mutating. It is man versus virus, let us keep that in mind. Vaccination is the solution to this problem and we have to concentrate on getting as many people inoculated very soon so very few people will die from Covid. Living with the virus is also the key to reviving the economy and ensuring people do not die from hunger.”

I am not good in English, but how do you interpret this earlier statement of Salvana? “Some of the Delta outbreaks in Mindanao have been linked through whole genome analysis to returning Filipinos who entered through the Cebu airport. While it might have been impossible to completely stop Delta from coming in, it could have been further slowed down.”

Isn’t it blaming Cebu for its laxity in border control? Well, it’s good that he has clarified it. But majority of Cebu’s congressmen want him to retract his statement. They signed a manifesto urging him to retract his accusation. Well, this expert should be taught a lesson. Unahon unta nila ang NCR sa dili pa sila manghilabot dinhi sa ato.

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