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FDA: People can choose which body part to be injected

 By Deighton Acuin

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday it is public’s choice in which body part they want to get inoculated with coronavirus vaccines, after statement from Malacañang that President Rodrigo Duterte will be vaccinated on buttocks.

FDA Director-General Eric Domingo explained that some do not want to be injected on their arms as some vaccines leave a scar.

When asked if the public can choose which body part they want to receive vaccine doses, Domingo said: “Meron namang dahilan kung bakit. Halimbawa ayaw niya (vaccine recipient) sa braso, maaari naman. Kamukha noong mga halimbawa, ‘yung bakuna na nagpepeklat sa braso, may mga ganoon na gusto nila sa puwet para kung magpeklat, tago.” 

Vaccinators normally look for other parts where vaccines may be used if the recipient can experience rashes or other concerns.

Domingo, however, stressed there are certain body parts where vaccines can only be administered.

“Dapat po kasi sa muscle siya dahil intramuscular ang injection ng mga bakuna na ito, kaya usually kung saan ‘yung pinaka-acccesible na muscle na walang mapipinsala or matatamaan, doon tayo. Kaya ang common site talaga is sa braso dahil walang nerves diyan at blood vessels,” he said.

Furthermore, he added the vaccine will be inoculated on the buttocks, but on its “upper outer quadrant.”

“So maaari naman ‘yun. Hindi naman siya kapag sinabi mo na dito ko gusto, sasabihin sayo, ‘ayoko, kailangan sa braso.’ Hindi rin naman dahil talagang may consent naman dapat ng pasyente,” he added.

Those who will administer coronavirus jabs must be specialized on injecting vaccines on different parts of the body, according to the FDA chief.


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