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  • Frontliner Moms Are Sharing Photos When They Got Vaccinated Because #BakunaIsLife

    They are doing it to protect their family and community.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Frontliner Moms Are Sharing Photos When They Got Vaccinated Because #BakunaIsLife
PHOTO BY (FROM LEFT) Courtesy of Sushen Celeris-Cortez and Wella Panopio-Diola
  • The Philippines continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases — as of today, there are 124,680 active cases in the country. Vaccination is the best solution, but many are still fearful of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The Department of Health (DOH) stresses that while efficacy rates vary depending on the vaccine, it is safe to get inoculated.

    “The vaccines can protect us from one, mild or asymptomatic COVID; second, from moderate or severe COVID; and third from transmission,” says Dr. Beverly Ho, DOH Director for Health Promotion and Communication Service.

    On our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, frontliner moms banded together to ease parents’ fears about the vaccine. It started with one mom’s post, who is a dentist and breastfeeding mom of one. She posted about getting her first shot of AstraZeneca on March 24, 2021.

    “I have allergic rhinitis and skin allergy. Actually lahat ng nasa checklist of the consent form for allergy ay ‘yes’ ako,” she writes in her post. “As of 1:14 p.m. (she got vaccinated at 10:00 a.m.), zero side effect but still monitoring myself for 24 hours.”

    “Stay positive po, this vaccine program of our government gives us hope to live a better and normal life especially sa mga bata,” she adds.

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    In the comments section, fellow frontliners moms, some of whom are also breastfeeding, shared their experience after getting the vaccine. They even shared their photos!

    PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF WELLA PANOPIO-DIOLA
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    “Breastfeeding nanay here as well and was vaccinated a week ago with AstraZeneca. I have history of allergies but thank God no side effects for me as well. I hope we can encourage more mommies to get vaccinated,” shares mom Wella Joy Panopio-Diola.

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Sushen Celeris-Cortez

    "Also had my first dose of AstraZeneca. I felt sick hours after vaccination, but it's a good sign that my immune system is responding well to the vaccine," says mom Sushen Celeris-Cortez. "At my workplace, halos lahat na kami vaccinated na including some of the [preggos]. Laban mga nanay!

    "Vaccinated din ng Aztra [and] no side effects," says mom Xaii Marasigan Hollesca.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Xaii Marasigan Hollesca
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    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Christelah Marisse

    "I'm a breastfeeding mom with allergies, but I still choose to be vaccinated because I want to be part of the solution and achieve herd immunity," shares mom Christelah Marisse.

    "Side effects sakin ay headache at kaunting pain sa site," says the mom.
    PHOTO BY Arve Tumanon Montojo
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    "Aztra din ako and still [breastfeeding] my 2-year-old. Nag-hesitate din ako, pero dahil sa advice na rin ng mga doctors namin dito, nawala ang hesitation," shares mom Arve Tumanon Montojo.

    "[AstraZeneca] also for me," shares Camille Mendoza.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Camille Mendoza

    In the comments, a breastfeeding mom who is also a frontliner shares that she was able to take the Sinovac vaccine. "No pain even sa injection site," she says.

    In a previous SmartParenting.com.ph article, Dr. Jeannica Lerios-dela Peña, an internist and adult cardiologist and a breastfeeding mom also shared her positive experience getting injected with Sinovac. She also makes a case why parents should consider getting immunized.

    “So many other dangerous illnesses have been avoided through vaccination. More than a hundred million have already had their shots worldwide with rare side effects, with the most severe at around 1 for every million,” she shares.

    For our frontliner moms, the reason they got the vaccine is clear: They want to protect their family, especially their kids.

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    “If we get vaccinated, we protect ourselves and our family, we may even protect our babies, and each shot is a step towards going back to how we used to be,” shares Dr. Lerios-dela Peña.

    “Hindi lang para sa atin kundi para sa pamilya, sa komunidad at bansa natin,” says mom Arve.

    We salute you, our brave frontliner moms!

    Click here to read how the COVID-19 vaccine can protect our kids and community from the virus.

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