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    Manila City Health workers received their 2nd dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at the Sta Ana Hospital on Tuesday, April 06, 2021.
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    As the Philippines continues to fight a stronger, more evolved coronavirus and its variants, the government is also pushing hard to protect the most vulnerable sectors with its COVID-19 vaccination program.

    According to the Department of Health (DOH), more than 900,000 doses have been administered to frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities as of April 7, 2021. However, many are still hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even as the DOH stresses that it is safe to get inoculated and that severe side effects are very rare.


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

    Parents share why they will get the COVID-19 vaccine

     There’s a hopeful outlook as parents are making the choice to protect their families from the dreaded virus. In a poll posted on our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, many of the moms and dads shared that they will be getting the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them.

    Out of 53 participants, 83 percent said that they would be willing to get the COVID-19 vacine. Here are some of their reasons:

    It is our responsibility as parents and citizens.

    “It’s your right and your responsibility to get vaccinated,” shares mom Tin Maravilla.

     One dad in the Village shares the same sentiment and says he and his wife are hoping to get the vaccine because of the possibility of passing on COVID-19 antibodies through breastfeeding. “[It’s] another great benefit dahil wala pa at matatagalan pa ang vaccine para sa mga bata,” he explains.

    “I want more protection for my family and myself,” says mom Laynie Saberola-De Leon. “It’s a moral and social responsibility to get vaccinated.”

    “It’s our contribution to the long-term solution,” adds dad Ronald Tagsuan.

    “I believe it is the right and responsible thing to do for myself, family, and country,” says another mom.

    Benefits outweigh the risk.

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     Many parents say they believe in the science behind the vaccines and are willing to get the shot. “It may not give us 100% assurance that we won’t get infected by COVID-19, but at least it gives assurance that we won’t be hospitalized because of it,” shares one mom.

    “The benefits of getting the vaccine (lower incidence of severe disease, lower viral load/transmission if infected) outweighs the potential risk,” says mom Williebeth Fernandez-Patricio.

     “Vaccines per se aren’t new. I’d rather have some sort of protection than none at all,” adds mom Hanne Reyes.

    Those who lived through the disease won’t hesitate.

    A mom and COVID-19 survivor, who wishes to remain anonymous, shares that she was traumatized after her experience. While it might take a while before she can get her first dose, she is willing to get it nonetheless.

    “Maswerte ako mild symptoms lang, pero sa gabi matatakot ka kasi ‘di mo alam kung magigising ka pa ba kinabukasan. It may not protect me against being infected again. But it will definitely stop the infection [from getting] serious,” she says.

    “Besides, atat na tayong matapos ‘to. Ngayong may solusyon, bakit ayaw natin? Normal naman may side effect ang vaccines. ‘Yan nga lagi ang sinasabi ng pedia sa’tin after ng vaccine ng mga anak natin,” she adds.

    Another mom notes, "Kapag naranasan mo nang magka-COVID, ano pa aasahan mong proteksyon kundi bakuna? Para sa sarili mo at sa mga anak mo."

    To achieve herd immunity for our children.


     If enough adults get vaccinated against COVID-19, it may activate what we call herd immunity and extend protection to those who cannot get the vaccine yet, which include our children. It’s also one of the reasons why moms would like to get the vaccine.

    “We have kids and kids cannot be vaccinated yet. They can only be protected if those who are [around] them are protected, too,” shares one mom.

    “Para maprotektahan natin sarili natin lalung-lalo na mga mahal natin sa buhay na hindi pwedeng magpa-vaccine,” adds mom Lorma Pagsanjan.

     So we can grow old with our children.

     For parents, the thought of not being there for their kids when they grow up is more than enough reason to get vaccinated. “If the mom gets sick, paano na?” asks one mom.

    “I have three kids and I want to protect myself and my family from the virus,” adds one mom.

    “I’m doing it for my loved ones and not only for myself,” shares mom Pey Mendoza.

    “We’ve been afraid of the virus for the longest time. We want to get our lives back,” says another member.

    “The vaccine is a gift of life for us and for the people around us,” shares mom Claribel Gabinete.

     “[With the vaccine], we can protect each other from the virus. I want to be able to grow with my husband and child. Marami pa akong gusto gawin sa buhay. This vaccine can help [with] that,” says mom Ysabel Tupas.

    Will you get the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available?



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