A healthcare worker got to inoculate her husband with COVID-19 vaccine as part of the initial rollout in the Philippines.
Nerissa M. Gerial, a doctor of nursing and currently the Deputy Executive Director for Nursing Services at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), vaccinated her urologist/surgeon husband, Dr. Ernesto L. Gerial, Jr. during the first day of the vaccination at the facility.
Dr. E. Gerial received the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine given by the Philippine government. He told the media that he decided to get the first available vaccine because he wanted to protect not just himself, his patients but most especially his own family.
Some 150 personnel of NKTI have received their first dose of Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, said NKTI Executive Director Dr. Rose Marie Liquete.
Out of the more than 2,400 health workers of NKTI, only 150 were to receive CoronaVac vaccine of the Chinese company Sinovac, according to Liquete. She said one-third of them were doctors while the rest are nurses, nursing assistants, and security guards.
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has been in the forefront of the battle against the current pandemic and has been one of the many hospitals in the country who have been long waiting for the vaccine against COVID-19.
Being in the front lines and seeing the actual plight of our healthcare system, the healthcare workers are all hopeful that vaccines will be the way for herd immunity and will eventually put an end to this pandemic.