Optional to get COVID jab via buttocks if arm not muscular enough — DOH

 By Deighton Acuin and Gwyneth Morales

PHOTO: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Health said Wednesday it is optional to get a coronavirus vaccine in the buttocks if arm is not muscular enough.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the clarification following remarks from Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque that President Rodrigo Duterte will get a vaccine shot privately and it will be injected in his butt.

“Most of the vaccines are given intramuscular. Ibig sabihin, ipapasok o isasaksak mo sa muscle, at siya na (muscle) ang bahalang magpakalat sa katawan natin,” Vergeire said.

“Pag sinabing intramuscular, ang common practice po sa vaccine ay sa deltoid area (uppermost part of the arm). Pag hindi puwede sa deltoid area kasi masyado ng emaciated, meaning payat na payat, ibibigay natin [ang bakuna] sa ibang parte ng katawan na muscular. Puwede sa anterolateral part of the thigh o puwede rin po sa puwet o upper part ng butt,” Vergeire added.

For his part, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he does not see any problem with Duterte getting inoculated in private.

“Let us respect the President’s decision but I am hopeful that he will change his mind,” Duque added.

In an earlier Senate probe on the government’s vaccination plan, Duque said he will try to convince the chief executive to get vaccinated publicly in a bid to boost the Filipino’s vaccine confidence.

The President initially said he is willing to get COVID-19 vaccine first to boost vaccine confidence, but he later backtracked and said he will go last instead to give way to the health workers and the poor.