The COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions of lives throughout the world.
Many people do their best to survive amidst the continuous bouts of rising cases and lockdowns.
Although countries have chosen to move forward without the standard health protocols of wearing masks and avoiding lockdowns as much as possible, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout remains the primary answer the World Health Organization and governments push.
In truth, the Philippines’ Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque urged the stakeholders to take whatever vaccine available.
“Huwag na po kayo mag-antay. Kung ayaw niyo po makinig sa mga Pilipino na doktor, makinig kayo sa Amerikano, kay Dr. Fauci. Siya na po nagsabi, ang pinakamabuting bakuna ay ang bakunang nariyan na,” Roque said.
(Don’t wait any longer. If you do not want to listen to Filipino doctors, then listen to American doctor Dr. Fauci. He (Dr. Fauci) says that the best vaccine is those immediately available.”)
However, as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, healthcare workers are among the first to be inoculated as their exposure to patients infected with the virus is very high.
Sydney Rose Panimdim, hospital staff in Cebu City, Philippines was given the jab and completed her second dose. But, on April 11, 2021, she had a severe asthma attack and died.
Her family wishes not to speculate, but it was hard for them not to seek justice or blame anyone.
According to Panimdim’s family members, the hospital staff was vaccinated at its 2nd dose on April 09. She complained that there’s a vast difference between the 1st and 2nd dose’s effect on her.
She continued to work but suddenly experienced severe respiratory disease and wasn’t able to recover.
Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, the spokesperson for Philippines Department of Health (DOH) Region 7, stated they are doing their best and investigating the truth of whether the vaccine did trigger Panimdim’s disease.
For the time being, Dr. Loreche urged the public not to spread any rumors of the possible cause of death of Panimdim and wait for the investigation’s result.
Sydney Rose Panimdim was 37-years-old and a resident of Barangay Tanke Talisay, Cebu City, Philippines.